The Pentagon told military newspaper Stars and Stripes in an email on Thursday that it was no longer planning to shut down the outlet.
The email, sent to the outlet’s publisher, came a week after President Donald Trump tweeted that funding for the independent paper would continue, despite a Department of Defense memo requiring the paper to stop publication by Sept. 30, according to the Associated Press.
“The United States of America will NOT be cutting funding to @starsandstripes magazine under my watch,” Trump tweeted. “It will continue to be a wonderful source of information to our Great Military!” (Related: In Reversal, Trump Says Funding For Stars And Stripes Newspaper Will Continue)
The United States of America will NOT be cutting funding to @starsandstripes magazine under my watch. It will continue to be a wonderful source of information to our Great Military!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2020
Before the tweet, the White House had not commented on Stars and Stripes closing even though it was in the president’s budget, per the AP. But a bipartisan group of senators spoke out against the move in a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark