US ramps up rhetoric over China virus response

Defense Secretary Mark Esper slammed the Chinese government Tuesday as the Trump adminstration makes ever louder pronouncements casting blame on China for the COVID-19 pandemic. (May 5)

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How The Navy’s Largest Hospital Ship Can Help With The Coronavirus Crisis

As the coronavirus spreads across the country, governments are trying to find ways to assist local hospitals. This is why Defense Secretary Mark Esper ordered the Navy to plan on deploying two of its hospital ships to highly affected areas. One of those hospital ships is the USNS Comfort, which was deployed last year on humanitarian missions.

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Esper: US to start troop pullback in Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Mark Esper says he has given the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan the go-ahead to begin the initial withdrawal of U.S. troops. (March 2)

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Esper: Priority to defend US people and interests

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper says following the airstrike that killed a top Iran general, “our priority remains first, the safety and security of American personnel and our partners.” (Jan. 7)

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Pentagon chief Esper: Policy unchanged, US not leaving Iraq | AFP

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper says that the United States is not pulling its forces out of Iraq, denying that there is a signed letter from the US side announcing an exit. “Our policy has not changed. We are not leaving Iraq,” Esper tells reporters. SOUNDBITE

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Esper warns Iran will be met with severe response

Iran or its proxy forces may be planning further strikes on American interests in the Middle East, and the U.S. is prepared to take preemptive military action if it gets sufficient warning, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Thursday. (Jan. 2)

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US says air strikes on Iran-backed group “successful” | AFP

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper says air strikes against a pro-Iran militant group in Iraq and Syria have succeeded.

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Esper: Syria situation remains ‘complex’ post raid

Defense Secretary Mark Esper warned Monday that the weekend death of the Islamic State’s top leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, will not rid the world of terrorism. Still, he said it provides a warning to those “who think they can hide.” (Oct. 28)

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US may send troops, vehicles to Syrian oil fields

Pentagon chief Mark Esper says the United States is considering sending American troops and armored vehicles to help protect oil fields in northeastern Syria controlled by U.S.-allied Syrian Kurds. (Oct. 25)

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Pentagon urges Turkey to halt Syria incursion

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said it was an “impulsive” decision by Turkish President Erdogan to invade northern Syria and it will further destabilize the region and put America’s Syrian Kurdish partners “in harm’s way”. (Oct. 11)

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‘No indication’ Turkey willing to stop Syria operation: Pentagon chief | AFP

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper says he has “no indication” that Turkey is “willing to stop” its operation in Syria. SOUNDBITE

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US deploying 3,000 more troops to S.Arabia: Pentagon | AFP

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper says he has approved the deployment of 3,000 additional troops and military hardware to Saudi Arabia to boost the country’s defenses in the wake of attacks on its oil installations blamed on Iran. SOUNDBITE

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US Defense Sec. presented with horse in Mongolia

Mongolian Defense Minister Nyamaagiin Enkhbold presented US Defense Secretary Mark Esper with a horse on Thursday in Ulaanbaatar. Esper named the horse “Marshall,” for General George Marshall, who served as US Defense Secretary and Secretary of State. (Aug. 8)

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Here’s the latest for Thursday July 25th: Trump welcomes Defense Secretary Mark Esper; At least 90 children killed in Syria in last three months; Prince Harry visits children’s hospital; Security footage shows child on conveyor belt at Atlanta airport.

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Trump celebrates new Defense Secretary Mark Esper

President Donald Trump celebrated his new Secretary of Defense Mark Esper at the Pentagon, Thursday. They participated in a full honors welcome ceremony and Trump expressed his confidence that Esper is the right leader for today’s challenges. (July 25)

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Defense Secretary Esper “anxious” to get to work

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper arrived for his first day of work Wednesday, saying he was “anxious” to get his leadership team in place. (July 24)

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Esper sworn in as new secretary of defense

Mark Esper has been sworn in as the next U.S. defense secretary, ending the longest period in Pentagon history that it has gone without a confirmed leader. (July 23)

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