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Stars And Stripes, Military Publication Since 1861, Ordered Shut Down By Trump Administration

Update:

After widespread outcry, Trump now says that he will not defund and shut down Stars and Stripes,

Original story:

Donald Trump’s administration has ordered the offices of the Stars and Stripes, a news service that has served the U.S. military and those associated since 1861, to shut down and vacate all government premises. 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.

Donald Trump takes away military paper
[Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP via Getty Images]

According to USA Today, the publication has been ordered to have a plan by September 15th for the dissolution of the paper, in online and print forms, with no further publication after September 30, and to present a “specific timeline for vacating government owned/leased space worldwide.”

The timing of the information reverberates around stories that the president disparaged deceased military members, expressing disdain for cemetery visits, and expressed disgust for veterans with amputated limbs. Trump attempted to defend himself on social media, but in the process took time to further disparage John McCain (“I was never a fan”) and then attacker the publication.

No reason has been given for the dissolution of Stars and Stripes, which military members and family rely upon for news relating to government and defense matters, but the publication has reported freely on government matters, including, in recent days alone, a thorough comparison of what military matters might be like going forward with either presidential candidate, Joe Biden’s promise not to use the National Guard as a political prop, and the aforementioned story of Trump calling war dead “losers” and “suckers.”

Steve Beynon, a veteran who now writes for Stars and Stripes, tweeted Friday to promise that the shutdown of the publication will not be the end of the journalism it is known for.



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