“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!” Trump tweeted on Friday afternoon.
The Pentagon ordered Stars and Stripes to close on September 30 and dissolve by January's end, after cutting $15.5 million in funding to the newspaper.
A bipartisan group of senators sent a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper asking the Pentagon to reinstate the funding to keep Stars and Stripes afloat.
“We urge you to take steps to preserve the funding prerogatives of Congress before allowing any such disruption to take place,” the senators' letter read. “Stars and Stripes is an essential part of our nation’s freedom of the press that serves the very population charged with defending that freedom.”
The tweet from Trump comes as The Atlantic reports that the president denigrated fallen service members as 'suckers' and 'losers.' The president has denied he ever made those comments.