Trump Campaign Replaces Ad Showing National Security Adviser In Uniform

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May 1, 2017 5:18 p.m.

President Donald Trump’s campaign organization removed a television ad from its YouTube account after questions that it may have violated military policy.

The ad, which Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. announced Monday it would spend $1.5 million airing nationwide, originally included video of National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster shaking Trump’s hand at Mar-a-Lago, in uniform, after he accepted his new position in February.

Larry Noble of the Campaign Legal Center, a watchdog group, tweeted shortly after the ad was published that it seemed to violate military rules against partisan political activity.

A new ad on the campaign’s YouTube page, the Washington Post noted, replaces McMaster with video of Trump shaking hands with a factory worker. It is otherwise unchanged.

The Trump campaign did not immediately responded to TPM’s request for comment, nor did a White House spokesperson.

Trump filed 2020 re-election paperwork within hours of his inauguration.

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