If you ever needed a solid example of how POTUS Donald Trump can never win the support of the “mainstream” media no matter what he does (or doesn’t do), this is it.

Earlier this week, the establishment media criticized the president for failing to visit U.S. troops serving abroad over the Christmas holiday.

No sooner than those reports began to appear that they had to be walked back because, as it turned out, POTUS and first lady Melania Trump both visited with American troops in Germany and Iraq.

Then the mainstream media had to change tactics. Since the order of the day is all Trump bashing, all the time, CNN decided to criticize the president for his visit.

And American troops themselves, just for good measure.

At one point, POTUS was seen signing “Make America Great Again” caps that some of the troops had with them. The sound you hear are liberal media heads exploding.

The brainacs over at CNN rushed to proclaim such activity a violation of laws governing the political activities of military personnel.

CNN analyst and former member of the Obama administration John Kirby warned that having a Trump campaign hat is a violation of military guidelines.

“It is, in fact, a campaign slogan, that is a campaign item, and it is completely inappropriate for the troops to do this,” Kirby said.

“It’s just not appropriate in front of a military audience,” added retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling on CNN Thursday morning.

Really? Let’s go to the regulations.

CNN cited Department of Defense guidelines, which state: “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.”

Well, that’s it then, right? Not exactly.

The network left this part out: “Active duty members may, however, express their personal opinions on political candidates and issues, make monetary contributions to a political campaign or organization, and attend political events as a spectator when not in uniform.”

Having a piece of political memorabilia is such an expression. And let’s not forget that the president is the commander-in-chief of the military.

But did POTUS Trump do something unique? No.

Because there are those times when President Obama autographed pictures of himself for troops when he visited them overseas.

Isn’t a MAGA hat like a political slogan, though? Maybe it is. So what? It’s memorabilia, same as the presidential pictures Obama was signing.

The fact is, this is just CNN and the rest of the mainstream media creating yet another controversy so they can bash our president.

But criticizing our military members for their open support of their commander-in-chief is a new low.

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