During a recent press conference with visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the precious POS forced a Marine to shield him from the light drizzle with an umbrella, thereby violating U.S. Marine Corps regulation.
Mike Piccione reports for The Daily Caller, May 16, 2013, that according to Marine Corps regulation MCO P1020.34F of the Marine Corps Uniform Regulations chapter 3, a male Marine is not allowed to carry an umbrella while in uniform.
Not even the President of the United States can request a Marine to carry an umbrella without the express consent of the Commandant of the Marine Corps, according to the Marine Corps Manual, the guidebook that defines protocol for officers and enlisted Marines.
The Manual's section 2806 paragraph 2, specifically states:
“The Marine Corps Uniform Regulations, published by the Commandant of the Marine Corps, shall be binding on all Marines. No officer or official shall issue instructions which conflict with, alter, or amend any provision without the approval of the Commandant of the Marine Corps.”