'It's abhorrent': Retired admiral slams Marine Corps troops for applauding Trump's attacks on a free press
Ret. Rear Admiral John Kirby (Photo: Screen capture)

Retired Rear Admiral John Kirby slammed the service members at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar who applauded President Donald Trump's attacks on the press.

"Troops at Miramar applauded loudly when Trump pointed to the television cameras and said 'fake news.' It is unusual for a president to criticize the press in front of uniformed service members," Los Angeles Times White House correspondent reported Tuesday.

"It is not just unusual," Kirby noted. "It is abhorrent."

"And I’m truly sorry to see some of our service members take such heart in it," Kirby, the former top Pentagon spokesperson, continued. "One of the things our men & women in uniform serve to protect is a free press."