A US Marine who says he saved a child during an evacuation from Afghanistan in photos seen around the world is being investigated for coming on stage with Donald Trump at a rally.
Lance Cpl. Hunter Clark introduced himself as the “man pulling the kid on the wall” while addressing the crowd at Mr Trump’s “Save America” event in Georgia on Saturday.
He appeared to be referencing viral photos and videos from August that showed an unidentified pirate guarding the barbed wire wall around Kabul airport a child proposed to by their father and He was lifting them to safety.
But the Marine Corps is now investigating whether Lance Cpl. Clark broke US Department of Defense (DoD) rules that prohibit active duty soldiers from speaking at any “partisan political gathering.”
Spokesman told military affairs magazine task and purpose That Lance Cpl Clarke was not the person who first caught the baby in the most famous video, although he is part of the same Marine task force.
It is possible that he was one of the other Marines depicted in the video, or that he had dragged an isolated child to the wall in one of several similar incidents.
At his rally on Saturday, Mr Trump introduced the Marines by saying: “We are honored to be joined by one of the Marines who served bravely in Kabul during the return and rescued children at the airport wall. helped in You saw him, he did a great job… Lance Corporal, get up here!”
Lance Cpl Clark then told the crowd: “I’m the guy who pulled the kid over the wall, and it’s definitely one of the greatest things I’ve ever done in my entire life.
“I just want to thank you all for your support, it really means a lot. And I’m glad to be home today. Thank you.”
His appearance lasted less than a minute, and he did not wear a uniform, nor endorsed any political candidate or ideology.
Nevertheless, the rally was a political event, and US military commanders are very sensitive about any presence that service members traded on their membership for partisan ends.
It comes as a Marine lieutenant colonel is jailed for refusing to stop a stream of social media posts criticizing US generals for the chaos in Afghanistan and urging followers to join a peaceful “revolution”. was given.
A Marine spokesman told task and purpose: “The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) has launched a command investigation into the presence of Lance Cpl Hunter Clark at last weekend’s event to determine whether any DoD policies were violated.
“Any details relating to this incident during the course of the investigation are not releaseable.”
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / US Marines