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    Trump Blasts Media Over Alleging MAGA Hat Signing Session Could Break Army Rules

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    US servicemen stationed in Iraq and Germany are suspected of violating the rules by bringing a symbol of Trump’s presidential campaign, MAGA hats, to a meeting with the US president during his surprise visit to American overseas bases.

    US President Donald Trump took to Twitter to defend American soldiers who brought MAGA hats to their meeting with the president in order to get them signed by the POTUS. Trump said that he couldn't say "no" to "brave young people" serving in the US armed forces. 

    He slammed CNN and other media from what he called "the Fake News Universe" for allegedly misreporting the case and rejected the notion that the hats had been distributed to US troops at the event. Earlier, retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling and Retired Rear Admiral John Kirby suggested on CNN that the soldiers could have violated the Hatch Act, which bars them from participating in political campaigning, by bringing MAGA hats to the meeting with Trump.

    READ MORE: President Trump, First Lady Make Surprise Visit to US Troops in Iraq (PHOTOS)

    Trump's attempt to defend the US servicemen caused a stir on social media, with many people arguing that they actually violated the rules with their actions…

    …and that he should have declined their request, citing these very rules.

    Some, however, didn't believe Trump's words about American soldiers bringing their own hats, suggesting that they wouldn't look so good if they weren't new.

    One twitterian suggested that the signing session was just a smart move by the servicemen, who may be willing to ensure a prosperous future by selling the hats at auctions at a later time.

    Many Trump supporters discarded the accusations against the US president as "noise" that had no bearing on his real achievements in the post.

    They also noted that the servicemen who were gladly coming to the meeting with Trump was a sign of how much support he actually has among US military personnel.

    Trump and First Lady Melania went on a surprise trip to Iraq on 26 December to visit US troops serving overseas. On his way back to the US, they also visited servicemen stationed at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.


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