(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Delano Scott)
The Marine Corps has clarified that the Marines who appeared on camera during a naturalization ceremony, that took place at the White House and aired during the RNC, were on official duty.
According to The Hill:
The two Marines who appeared in a video that aired Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention were on official duty at the time the footage was filmed, the Marine Corps said Wednesday.
At issue is a video of a naturalization ceremony that President Trump presided over that was aired during Tuesday night’s convention programming. The beginning of the video shows two active-duty Marines in uniform opening the door for Trump as he walks into the room.
“The Marines in the footage of the ceremony at the White House were at their assigned place of duty,” the Marine Corps said in a brief statement Wednesday. “Their official duty is to assist the president in office; those duties include opening doors for the president.”
“The president held a naturalization ceremony and pardoned an individual which were official White House events,” a White House official said in a statement. “The White House publicized the content of both events on a public website [Tuesday] afternoon, and the campaign decided to use the publically available content for campaign purposes. There was no violation of law.”
The Army has launched an investigation over soldiers who appeared in uniform during the Democrat National Convention last week.