After Criticism, Trump Says Pentagon Will Not Shut Down Stars and Stripes

After an outcry from U.S. lawmakers, President Donald Trump on Friday said his administration would not be shutting down the Stars and Stripes military newspaper as announced by the Pentagon earlier this year.

“The United States of America will NOT be cutting funding to @starsandstripes magazine under my watch,” Trump, who is running for re-election in November, said on Twitter.

“It will continue to be a wonderful source of information to our Great Military!” he added.

The independent military newspaper had been expected to stop publishing at the end of September after the Pentagon announced in February that it would be cutting its funding.

Trump’s tweet comes a day after the Atlantic reported that he had referred to Marines buried in an American cemetery near Paris as “losers” and declined to visit in 2018 because of concern the rain that day would mess up his hair.

Trump, who has touted his record helping U.S. veterans, has strongly denied the report.

Earlier this week, more than a dozen Democratic lawmakers wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper urging him to reconsider closing the newspaper, which provides print and online news to U.S. troops around the world.

Esper, who has clashed with Trump on a number of issues, had defended the decision to defund the newspaper earlier this year.

Stars and Stripes receives funding from the Defense Department but is editorially independent.

There is increasing concern that Trump is politicizing America’s military, which is meant to be apolitical, ahead of the election.

Those concerns came to a head in the past month after Trump threatened to deploy active duty troops to quell civil unrest in U.S. cities over the killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died on May 25 after a Minneapolis policeman knelt on his neck.

(Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

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  1. “with his “anonymous sources” (voices in his head)” mike

    I am confused, mike.

    King Donald The Loser quotes IMAGINARY anonymous sources all of the time. Doesn’t that seem strange to you or are you just going to ignore that fact? Who is the one with “voices in his head” now, mike?

    Don’t believe me? Great! Do a search for all of the times that he says something stupid like, “Some people say…” or “many people tell me…”. What do you find?

  2. “The enlisted military is already on his side. Some of the elitist officers are not.” Fltflyer

    Um, what’s your point, Fltflyer? This was well known before you piped up, but who cares? The grunts liked Obama, too. So what?

  3. Mike, define “nothing on Trump.” Does that mean “nothing on Trump” that YOU will accept? Dear lord, even FOX News confirmed Jeffrey Goldberg’s reporting in The Atlantic. Also confirming the story was New York Times, WaPo, and Associated Press. Is the Goldberg reporting the first you heard of Trump’s negative comments regarding the military? You act as if it is a new revelation. You haven’t been paying attention.

  4. Strange that he would cut the company newspaper from the military. I read The Stars and Stripes when I was in Germany in the Air Force; that and the European edition of The Herald Tribune were the only papers you could get in English. (Oh, and The Overseas Weekly, aka the oversexed weekly, written and published by ex-GIs.) I guess this budget cut must have been the brain wave of some Steven Miller type of dolt, told to go out and find ways to make it look like we’re draining the swamp.

  5. The BULLY here is Creepy Joe. The COWARD is the slimeball editor of The Atlantic, with his “anonymous sources” (voices in his head).

    They know they got nothing on DJT, and they are getting desperate.

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  7. john, wanna bet, yer buddie joe feelemup little kiddies is gonna lose worse then yer bit– killory this man cant remember what day it is, ,did ya see this. i dont know how this woman voted in the past but ill bet my life she aint voting democrap nov 3rd, and think how many customers she has had in 40 years of business,
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  8. THE BULLY is a COWARD.

    If he thinks this will keep enlisted military on his side

    he is mistaken.

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