During a visit by President Trump to the USS Wasp in Japan on Tuesday, some members of the U.S. Navy honored the president by wearing patches that read “Make Aircrew Great Again."
Now, the Navy is reviewing Defense Department policy regulations to see if the crew violated military dress code.
The patches were worn on the right arm of the military uniform with an image representing the president and is obviously a play on Trumps well-known slogan “Make America Great Again.”
Images of the red patch caused some Twitter users to express their disdain for the Navy’s “oversight.”
“Dear Sirs. @USSWaspLHD1 your sailors/airmen are in clear violation of UCMJ bringing disgrace to the Wasp and the US Navy,” Claude Taylor wrote. “Who ordered this? Who paid for it? What say you?”
His sentiments weren’t rare, others joined him in his stance but there were also some who supported the attire.
And I'm guessing that somewhere down the line you and I paid for these with our tax dollars.... I am overwhelmingly disgusted...— Mary J Hart (@MaryJHart1) May 28, 2019
Outstanding!!! I’ll have to email some of my buddies on the Wasp and see if they’ll get me the ordering info for my uniform as well!— William O'Hara (@william_ohara) May 29, 2019
What general promoted this ? What next, Trump in uniform with fake metals, battle ribbons?— Robert Stark (@elkmtstudio) May 28, 2019
The fact that trump was in Japan and these patches were worn in front of the press and visitors makes it NOT just a private joke. I have been predicting for a while that trump will soon show up in some type of "uniform" with fake medals, designed by ivanka, of course.— Luann Peacock🦚 (@LuannGPeacock) May 28, 2019
Aircrew buy their own patches, these aren’t unit sponsored. And they’d be doing this humorously, it’s a pretty common meme. They’re basically saying “working here sucks”. 🤷♂️— Ian (@iangtdd) May 28, 2019
As the AP reports, “the military has uniform dress codes and regulations against partisan political acts while in uniform.”
Trump visited the USS Wasp before returning to Washington D.C. after spending four days in Japan.