A U.S. Marine from the Kabul evacuation mission was scrutinized for publicly addressing a Trump rally on Sept. 25.
Lance Cpl. Hunter Clark joined the “Save America Rally” in Perry, Ga. He spoke for less than one minute after the former president invited him onto stage.
Following the short appearance, the Marine Corps launched a probe into Clark’s actions.
“The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit has initiated a command investigation regarding Lance Cpl. Hunter Clark’s attendance at the event last weekend to determine if any Department of Defense policies were violated,” department spokesman Capt. Kelton Cochran said according to Task and Purpose.
Clark could be scrutinized over a departmental directive that bars active-duty soldiers from speaking “before a partisan political gathering, including any gathering that promotes a partisan political party, candidate, or cause.”
The directive also prohibits service members from joining political fundraisers or meetings while in uniform. A uniformed troop’s remarks could be interpreted as speaking on behalf of the military.
Service members can face disciplinary action if suspected of any partisan political engagement while in uniform.
However, the publication revealed Clark was not in uniform when he met with Trump. He also did not endorse any candidate or encourage service personnel to join a political party.
“We are also honored to be joined by one of the Marines who bravely served in Kabul during the withdrawal, and helped evacuate children over the airport and over the airport wall,” Trump said.
Clark introduced himself and confirmed he lifted a baby over the Kabul Airport wall. Desperate Afghan evacuees had passed their own children and infants to U.S.-led forces at Hamid Karzai International Airport.
“It is definitely probably one of the greatest things I have ever done in my entire life,” he said. “All the support from y’all, it really means a lot and I am glad to be home now.”
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