Mainstream media criticized President Trump for not visiting with troops over Christmas.
When mainstream media learned that Trump did visit the troops, they criticized him for what he did while visiting.
“President Trump can’t win,” retired U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell said per the Daily Caller, weighing into the mainstream media’s relationship with the president.
“He can’t win,” added the retired Ranger, during the Friday interview with “Fox & Friends.”
And, “What I found truly remarkable about this is how the mainstream media roundly criticized the president for not visiting the troops at Christmas. When they found out that [Trump] was there in Iraq, 24 hours later they criticized the manner in which he visited the troops!”
Parnell, having served in the military fighting against America’s foes including al-Qaida and the Taliban, said he knows how much it means to these brave men and women to have high-profile visitors on their bases, let alone the president.
“Clearly the troops love and adore him. Even if you don’t agree with all his political positions, he’s still the commander of the United States military and you show him deference and respect,” said Parnell, also a New York Times best-selling author. “He was surely and clearly met with enthusiasm.”
The former Army infantry captain feels Trump “should fight back against the media any chance he gets, because he did a great job out there visiting the troops. I was very proud to be an American watching him out there.”
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Parnell also contrasted the reception Trump received to former President Obama.
Trump, Parnell contended, was more openly and warmly received because “American troops feel that President Trump has their backs, he’s a fighter.”
And, “As a leader, your decisions aren’t always going to be popular and I think people in the military know that.”
The retired Ranger said mainstream media, in speaking critical of Trump’s decision to sign “Make America Great Again” hats, was “passively attacking the troops.”
CNN published an article Wednesday accusing U.S. military service members of violating military protocol by engaging in “partisan political activities” after having Trump sign red “Make America Great Again” hats.
“These men and women are making life and death decisions. The fact of the matter is, when you’re in combat, you don’t know if you’re going to be around tomorrow,” Parnell said. “So if you’ve got a MAGA hat in your bag or if you have a Trump flag in your bag and you want to bring it to have the president sign it, gosh, just let them have it.”
Trump’s visit to troops abroad came nearly two years into his presidency, a timeline that drew criticism from many of his opponents who prematurely chided him by saying he was “the first president since 2002 not to visit troops at Christmastime.”