Defense Secretary Esper fires back at Senate Democrats for criticism over military coronavirus response

FILE – In this April 1, 2020, file photo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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UPDATED 7:42 AM PT — Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper recently slammed Senate Democrats for saying he failed to respond to the coronavirus pandemic adequately.

During a press briefing Tuesday, Esper responded to a letter written by multiple Democrat senators who accused the Pentagon of being slow and erratic in protecting service members from COVID-19.

Esper said the statements do not match what he has been hearing from governors who have reportedly praised the Department of Defense’s response. He went on to say he doesn’t believe the senators recognized all the steps the department has taken to combat the spread of the virus.

“I’m very disappointed that members of Congress, particularly those who sit on the Armed Services Committee and who receive weekly updates from us, would write a letter that includes a number of misleading, false or inaccurate statements,” said the defense secretary.

The letter asked for answers to multiple questions like how the Pentagon plans to protect service members while continuing operations by May 11. Esper said the department will be officially responding in due time.

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