Donald Trump has always positioned himself as a candidate who supports the military no matter what. With that being said, his recent behavior towards the military has been curious. When dozens of troops suffered concussions during a January bombing of a military base, the President said, “he’d seen much worse.”
In his latest budget, Trump has struck another blow to a segment of the military. His latest plan completely zeros out the funding for Stars and Stripes magazine.
Stars and Stripes has served military members since 1861. But there is apparently no room in Trump’s $705 billion budget for the publication.
Earlier this week, Max Lederer said of the rumored cut, “I have just begun to evaluate the impact to operations. The loss of funding to support the Stripes mission around the world will definitely reduce the ability of the Stripes staff to gather, produce, and deliver the content needed and desired by the military community.”
The cuts were confirmed by Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday afternoon. He told reporters, “So, we trimmed the support for Stars and Stripes because we need to invest that money, as we did with many, many other programs, into higher-priority issues.”