In an 11th hour reversal, Defense Department officials confirmed on Thursday that the military newspaper Stars and Stripes will not be forced to close by the end of the month. 

According to an email acquired by the Associated Press, the order to stop publication by September 30th and move forward with the newspaper’s dissolution by January of 2021 has been rescinded. Army Colonel Paul Haverstick, acting director of the Pentagon’s Defense Media Activity, sent the informal notice to the publisher of Stars and Stripes on Thursday, suggesting that a formal memo by the DoD will follow. 

“The memo will be provided once it is completed and properly vetted and approved within the Department,” Haverstick wrote. “We are trying to get this completed by the weekend, but this timeline may shift based on vetting.”

DoD had initially planned to cut the $15.5 million funding that it furnishes to the newspaper. That amount underwrites a portion of the publication’s expenses, the remainder coming from advertising sales. The cut would have led the newspaper to close down.

The reversal comes after the President had tweeted about the newspaper’s closure following news of budget cuts making headlines. It also comes just days after he was lambasted by the press over alleged remarks he made about veterans as was reported by The Atlantic on September 3.