There’s nothing wrong whatsoever with wanting to meet someone even though you might not agree with them on absolutely everything.
That’s one of the problems that so many people seem to have stuck in their side these days is if they do not agree with someone on absolutely everything than they want to stick their fingers in their ears and not hear the other person.
Either that or they make an issue out of something without knowing the full scope of what they are really talking about. For example, there are many entertainers that perform at USO events all throughout the year and all through the world.
Sometimes, they make appearances out of nowhere even while people are not deployed as a way of saying hello.
Once, I had the chance of meeting former MLB star Bo Jackson when he made an appearance to the duty station I was at. I had him sign a flash shield that was part of my firefighting gear. Now, I couldn’t ever use that flash shield again and had to get another one. Does that mean I got in trouble for getting it signed? No.
When the military meet someone as high up as the President, whoever the office holder may be at a given time, they are effectively meeting their boss. Imagine if you were working somewhere and the CEO of the company made a surprise visit to your facility.
If that person walked up to you and started talking to you and at the end of the conversation gave you something as a way of saying thanks, I don’t think any sane person would say no to that. Or, if you worked for a company and had something for that person to sign you probably wouldn’t balk at meeting them either.
Via Daily Wire:
U.S. Air Forces Europe (USAFE), responding to social media and TV reports that claimed troops who brought “Make America Great Again” hats for President Trump to sign were doing something wrong, issued a blunt statement on Thursday: “There is no rule against Airmen bringing personal items to be signed by the president,” adding, “Any time the commander in chief offers the opportunity to meet with Airmen, such as this official holiday visit by the President and First Lady, Airmen are welcome to participate. No policy violations have been brought to our attention at this time.”
As Military.com reported, “USAFE said troops held the hats for signing, but did not wear them while in uniform.”
On Wednesday, Trump visited hundreds of U.S. troops in Al Asad Air Base in Iraq and Ramstein Air Base in Germany, some of whom brought “Make America Great Again” hats, and one Air Force captain who carried a Trump banner.
Some people connected to the military had criticized the troops; retired Army Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling tweeted, “There are myriad reasons for both a Department of Defense and an Army Regulation against military personnel participating in or showing allegiance to ANY political party while in uniform. Good commanders enforce; good NCOs jerk a knot in the (expletive) of those who violate.”
Pam Keith, a former Navy judge advocate general who ran for Congress as a Democrat, echoed on Twitter, “As a former Navy JAG, I can tell you that engaging in partisan political activity such as flying a Trump flag or wearing a MAGA hat, while in uniform is a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and its implementing regs.”
They were countered by Patrick J. Hughes, a former active duty Air Force JAG, who stated, “I think it remains debatable and no certainty that any laws or regulations were violated here, and I think at most some informal counseling on the above perception issue is warranted. … The purpose of the event was to greet the Airmen while his plane refueled. This is why I believe the question as to whether these airmen have done anything prohibited by law or regulation is less certain.”