Active-duty service members were pictured wearing Donald Trump-themed morale patches as the president made his Memorial Day address aboard the USS Wasp at the Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan on Monday.

The patches featured a likeness of Trump alongside the slogan “Make Aircrew Great Again.” Vivian Salama, a White House reporter for The Wall Street Journal, tweeted images of aircrew wearing the badges:

Airmen onboard the USS WASP wearing patches on their jumpsuits that read “Make Aircrew Great Again.” The patches include an image in the center in the likeness of President Trump.

— Vivian Salama (@vmsalama) May 28, 2019

The Associated Press also shared this image of the patch:


Troops often wear unofficial patches that contain tongue-in-cheek humor to build unit morale. Caroline Orr, a reporter for the National Observer, noted that some service members had been pictured wearing the same patch in 2017.

I had to check to make sure this was real. Verdict: Yes, these airmen really are wearing patches that say "Make Aircrew Great Again" with an image depicting Trump in the center. (DoD tweeted a pic of the same patch in Sept 2017; Stars & Stripes posted a pic of it in July 2018).

— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) May 28, 2019

It’s unclear where these patches originated from.

Trump caused controversy when he signed “Make America Great Again” campaign hats for troops during a visit to service members in Iraq in December. Retired four-star Gen. Barry McCaffrey at the time described the move as “unheard of.”

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