Reports state that Trump is already facing the ire of the people, especially military vets, as one of his statements against the us military during his France visit in 2018 has come back to haunt him. The letter, signed by 15 senators - including Republicans and Democrats - also warns Esper that the department is legally prohibited from canceling a budget program while a temporary continuing resolution funding the federal government is in effect. This news becomes public in the wake of stories that the president disparaged fallen military personnel, and as he attempts to defend it on Twitter.
Circulation of the military paper was expected to stop at the end of September, after the Pentagon announced in February that it would halt $15.5 million (€13 million) in funding. He told reporters at the time that the savings would fund "higher-priority issues", like purchasing modern weapons.
Mr. Lieu, who served in the United States Air Force and now serves as a colonel in the reserves, and Rep. Jason Crow, Colorado Democrat, a former Army Ranger, said Friday they plan on keeping pressure on the administration- and hope to get some support from Republicans.
Mr Trump tweeted on Friday afternoon: "It will continue to be a wonderful source of information to our Great Military!".
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a Trump ally and Air Force veteran, sent a separate letter to Esper on Aug 26, telling him there was "strong support for Stars and Stripes within Congress". The House version contained $15.5 million for the paper.
Thus it is considered as a pride of America that is funded by the Defense Department. Once it does so, the two bills must be reconciled.
A phone call to the Pentagon on Saturday went unanswered and the voicemail wasn't accepting messages.
In a separate August 26 letter, Sen.
The Trump White House had not spoken out from the Pentagon plan to shut the newspaper before Friday, although it's been in the works and also written about for weeks and has been at the president's funding request.
In this July 10 file photo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks during a briefing on counternarcotics operations at U.S. Southern Command in Doral, Fla. "I hope to see details beyond the [Trump] tweet from the Pentagon, to remove any uncertainty about what will happen when the fiscal year ends on September 30".
Stripes ombudsman, Ernie Gates, told The Associated Press on Friday that shutting the paper down "would be fatal interference and permanent censorship of a unique First Amendment organization that has served USA troops reliably for generations".
Stars and Stripes was first published during the Civil War and has served as a place for coverage of military news around the world since.
The daily newspaper is printed and delivered to troops world-wide, even in the most remote locations, and the printed paper and website are seen by an estimated 1 million readers a day. "I'm glad to have the president's commitment that it won't happen".