On Thursday, President Donald Trump in a tweet attacked CNN shortly after the news station accused him of violating Defense Department rules by signing “Make America Great Again” hats for soldiers in Iraq.
Trump wrote that CNN and “others within the Fake News Universe were going wild” after he signed the hats.
“CNN & others within the Fake News Universe were going wild about my signing MAGA hats for our military in Iraq and Germany,” he tweeted. “If these brave young people ask me to sign their hat, I will sign. Can you imagine my saying NO? We brought or gave NO hats as the Fake News first reported!”
According to The Hill, Barbara Starr, who is CNN’s correspondent to the Pentagon, said on Wednesday that Trump may have violated Defense Department policy that prevents active duty members from participating in partisan political activities.
“Active duty personnel may not engage in partisan political activities and all military personnel should avoid the inference that their political activities imply or appear to imply DoD sponsorship, approval, or endorsement of a political candidate, campaign, or cause,” the policy reads.
Several Republicans joined Trump and criticized CNN saying that the network is trying to diminish the President’s Christmas visit to the troops.
Meanwhile, the White House also attacked CNN over the report, saying that the network is willing to “attack anyone who supports President Trump.”
“CNN is willing to attack anyone who supports President Trump, including the brave men and women of our military who fight every day to protect our freedom,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a tweet.