'MAGA' hats signed by President Trump may be a violation of Pentagon rules

President Trump’s surprise trip to see troops in Iraq may have caused some trouble for those he visited, reports CNN.

U.S. soldiers who turned into autograph seekers during Trump’s first war zone visit may be in violation of the Department of Defense guidelines for having their “Make America Great Again” and “Trump 2020” red caps signed.

The guidelines state “active duty personnel may not engage in partisan political activities and all military personnel should avoid interference that their political activities imply or appear to imply DoD sponsorship, approval, or endorsement of a political candidate, campaign, or cause.”

Retired Rear Adm. John Kirby was critical of Trump for politicizing events involving U.S. troops, reacting to Trump’s autograph session on CNN’s “The Situation Room” with Jim Acosta. He said, “It is in-fact a campaign slogan, that is a campaign item and it’s completely inappropriate for the troops to do this. Not supposed to do this and I’m sure that their bosses seeing that, they’re not gonna be happy about it.”

The president has been criticized by some for his address to the troops for appearing to be a rally speech. 

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A woman smiles after getting an autograph by U.S. Republican presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump on her hat after he spoke at a campaign rally South Point Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada January 21, 2016. REUTERS/David Becker

A delegate with gay rights hat attends the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Audience member Ana Gomez, wearing a cap reading "Immigrants Make America Great" in the style of hats worn by U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, greets U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a campaign Voter Registration Rally at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, United States September 6, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Vendors sell hats outside a rally for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Gaffney, South Carolina February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Native American activists rally to call on President Barack Obama to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, in front of the White House in Washington, U.S. September 13, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
An attendee wears a "Make Donald Drumpf Again" hat during the "Politicon" convention in Pasadena, California, U.S. June 25, 2016. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
A man and child wear "Make America Great Again" hats as they wait for Republican nominee Donald Trump to speak at "Joni's Roast and Ride" in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., August 27, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump signs a hat at a campaign rally in West Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 25, 2016. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter
A man wears a hat that says "Make America Gay Again," a parody of Donald Trump's campaign slogan while watching the San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade in San Francisco, California, U.S. June 26, 2016. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage
A man holds a "Make America Great Again" hat as U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as he speaks during a campaign event at an airplane hanger in Rochester, New York April 10, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Supporters of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump stand during a prayer before a rally with Trump at Clemson University's livestock arena in Pendleton, South Carolina February 10, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
The images of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) and Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump are seen painted on decorative pumpkins created by artist John Kettman in LaSalle, Illinois, U.S., June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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