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Esper, in first trip since March, defends antivirus efforts

8 months 1 week 6 days ago Wednesday, May 06 2020 May 6, 2020 May 06, 2020 10:14 PM May 06, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By ROBERT BURNS
AP National Security Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Mark Esper is taking new steps to highlight and defend a Pentagon approach to fighting the coronavirus pandemic that some Democrats have criticized as slow and disjointed. Esper is flying to the headquarters of U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to meet with Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, who is spearheading the military’s support for civilian agencies combating the virus. It is Esper’s first trip beyond Washington since he visited Norfolk, Virginia, in late March to join President Donald Trump in sending off the hospital ship Comfort. Thursday's trip comes as Trump pushes to reopen the country.

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