John Kirby: Trump Puts Troops in Difficult Position by Turning Visits into ‘Campaign Events’

‘They take an oath to the Constitution, not to a political party’


SCIUTTO: "Of course, the military is a military for the country, not for a single party. Why is that a bad thing for a commander-in-chief to do, to deployed forces?"
KIRBY: "Because it puts them in an incredibly difficult position. They serve the whole nation. They take an oath to the Constitution, not to a political party. And while each of them individually are allowed to have political leanings, I mean, hell, we encourage them to vote. When they put that uniform on, and particularly when they wear that uniform in a deployed status, they’re representing the whole country, and they’re supposed to be there, they’re expected to be apolitical. So when he -- and frankly, there’s regulations that prohibit military members from participating in uniform in campaign events. He basically turns these gatherings into campaign events. And so he puts them in a very difficult spot."

(h/t Mediaite)

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