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Mark Esper

Former United States Secretary of Defense

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Mark Esper: Former United States Secretary of Defense
Mark Thomas Esper is an American politician and businessman who served as the 27th United States secretary of defense from July 2019 to November 2020. He was a defense contractor lobbyist before joining the Donald Trump administration.

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Trump to cut troop levels in Afghanistan, Iraq [Video]

Trump to cut troop levels in Afghanistan, Iraq

[NFA] President Donald Trump will sharply reduce the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan from 4,500 to 2,500 by mid-January, the Pentagon announced on Tuesday, stopping short of a full withdrawal from..

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Trump fires Defense Secretary Esper [Video]

Trump fires Defense Secretary Esper

Trump and Secretary Mark Esper had clashed in recent months, most notably over Trump's threat to use active duty troops to suppress street protests over racial injustice in the United States during the..

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Our relations with India go beyond political parties: US State Dept Spokesperson [Video]

Our relations with India go beyond political parties: US State Dept Spokesperson

After the conclusion of 2+2 dialogue between India and US in New Delhi, the Spokesperson for US State Department, Morgan Ortagus, said the India-US relations go beyond political parties and that the..

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Aiming missiles, drones: How new US pact helps India against China in Ladakh [Video]

Aiming missiles, drones: How new US pact helps India against China in Ladakh

One of the highlights of the latest edition of the India-US 2+2 dialogue was the signing of the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement. The pact, signed during the visit of US Secretaries of State..

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PM Modi meets Mike Pompeo, Mark Esper [Video]

PM Modi meets Mike Pompeo, Mark Esper

US State Secretary Mike Pompeo and US Defence Secretary Mark Esper met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 27. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and National..

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'We stand shoulder-to-shoulder in support of free, open Indo-Pacific for all': Mark Esper [Video]

'We stand shoulder-to-shoulder in support of free, open Indo-Pacific for all': Mark Esper

US Secretary of Defence, Mark Esper after attending 2+2 India-US Ministerial Dialogue on October 27 in Delhi said that they stand shoulder-to-shoulder in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific for..

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Strengthened our defence, security partnership over past year: Defence Secy Mark Esper [Video]

Strengthened our defence, security partnership over past year: Defence Secy Mark Esper

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper attended India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue..

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India, US economies suffered losses, trying to revive industries: Rajnath Singh [Video]

India, US economies suffered losses, trying to revive industries: Rajnath Singh

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper attended India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue..

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Lot to discuss to co-operate amid COVID-19 pandemic: Mike Pompeo [Video]

Lot to discuss to co-operate amid COVID-19 pandemic: Mike Pompeo

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper attended India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue..

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India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue underway at Delhi's Hyderabad House [Video]

India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue underway at Delhi's Hyderabad House

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper met Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar at Hyderabad House. They met in the..

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Infantry Day: Mike Pompeo, Mark Esper pay tribute at National War Memorial [Video]

Infantry Day: Mike Pompeo, Mark Esper pay tribute at National War Memorial

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper paid tribute at National War Memorial on 74th Infantry Day on October 27. Infantry Day is observed as a remembrance of the first..

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Rajnath Singh meets US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper [Video]

Rajnath Singh meets US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper

US delegation led by US Secretary of Defence, Mark Esper, met Indian delegation led by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi on October 26. Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Army Chief..

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Watch: Donald Trump's top ministers in India for 2+2 talks amid China tension [Video]

Watch: Donald Trump's top ministers in India for 2+2 talks amid China tension

As tension between India and China persists along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, top members of the Donald Trump administration arrived in India for the high-level 2+2 dialogue. US..

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US Secretary of Defence inspects Guard of Honor at Delhi's South block [Video]

US Secretary of Defence inspects Guard of Honor at Delhi's South block

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh received US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper. Esper inspected Guard of Honor at Delhi's South Block. US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper is in India to attend 2+2..

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President Trump has fired Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. Christopher Miller, the head of the National Counterterrorism Center, has been named as acting secretary. Ben Tracy reports.
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Trump fires defense secretary as he heads into "lame duck" period

President Trump is shaking up his Cabinet by firing Defense Secretary Mark Esper the week after the election. CBS News political correspondent Ed O'Keefe, CBS News correspondent Nikole Killion and..
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Trump Fires Mark Esper, His Defense Secretary

Mark T. Esper broke with President Trump in June over sending active-duty military troops to control demonstrations against police brutality.
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President Trump fires Defense Secretary Mark Esper after contentious tenure

Trump fired Defense Secretary Monday days after his election loss to Joe Biden and following a series of clashes between Esper and Trump over the withdrawal of U.S. forces from key bases abroad,..
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A Trump Victory May Push His Defense Secretary Out an Open Door

Mark Esper’s strained relationship with President Trump, since he balked at using active-duty troops to quell civil unrest, may result in Mr. Trump choosing his fourth defense secretary if he keeps..
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Israeli defense chief, Esper discuss military edge

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz arrived at the Pentagon for talks with his U.S. counterpart on maintaining Israel's qualitative military edge in the Middle East. (Sept. 22)  
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Defense Sec. speaks at WWII surrender anniversary

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper paid tribute to World War II veterans and urged continued international cooperation during a ceremony in Hawaii Wednesday to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of..
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Military Surveillance Planes Didn’t Spy on Protesters, Pentagon Report Finds

But the Air Force’s inspector general concluded that National Guard officials failed to obtain prior approval from Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper to use the planes.
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House holds hearing on Russian bounty intelligence reports

Defense Secretary Mark Esper testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss intelligence reports alleging Russia may have paid the Taliban to kill U.S. troops. John Gans, the director..
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Trump and Mark Esper's clash over Lebanon comes amid signals the Defense secretary's tenure may be cut short

Speculation on the fate of Defense Secretary Mark Esper has intensified after a summer filled with clashes. Esper's successor may already be in place.
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Defense Secretary Esper says Beirut blast likely an accident, breaking with Trump

An accident was the likely cause of the explosion in Beirut, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday, contradicting the statement made by President Trump on Tuesday that the blast that killed at..
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Defense Secretary Mark Esper bans Confederate flags from military bases, rejects 'divisive symbols'

Esper listed appropriate flags including state flags, the POW/MIA flag, and military service flags. The Confederate flag was absent from the list.
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Esper defends using National Guard during protests

Testifying on Capitol Hill, defense chief Mark Esper defended using National Guard soldiers to support law enforcement agencies in handling civil unrest triggered by the killing of George Floyd. (July..
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Pentagon considers ban on Confederate symbols at all military facilities

Defense Secretary Mark Esper is considering a ban on Confederate imagery at all military facilities. The Navy and Marine Corps already have such bans.
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Defense Secretary Will Assess How to Promote More Minorities in Military

Mark T. Esper’s announcement comes as the military is working through issues on race that reflect the larger forces sweeping the country.
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Pentagon official who questioned Ukraine aid freeze resigns

Pentagon Comptroller Elaine McCusker, who was reported to have questioned the suspension of U.S. military aid to Ukraine, a key element in the inquiry leading to President Donald Trump's impeachment,..
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Pentagon chief orders review of National Guard's response to protests

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has ordered a review of the National Guard's response to recent protests over police brutality and racism, the Pentagon said on Thursday.
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Mark Esper Breaks With Trump on Using Troops Against Protestors

Mark Esper’s comments reflected the turmoil within the military over President Trump, who has said he could put active-duty troops on the streets to perform law enforcement functions.
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George Floyd protests: Don't deploy active duty American troops to battle Americans

Donald Trump treats the Pentagon like a pawn, and Defense Secretary Mark Esper is right to 'not support invoking the Insurrection Act': Our view
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U.S. defense chief opposes deploying troops to quell protests, despite Trump threats

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday he does not support invoking the Insurrection Act to deploy active-duty forces to quell civil unrest for now, despite President Donald Trump's..
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'I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act': Defense Secretary Esper breaks with Trump on use of troops

"The option to use active-duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort," Esper said.
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Esper opposes Insurrection Act for law enforcement

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday he opposes use of the Insurrection Act, which would allow President Donald Trump to use active-duty military forces for law enforcement duties in containing..
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U.S. shouldn't invoke Insurrection Act, defense secretary says

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday he does not support invoking the Insurrection Act to deploy active duty forces to quell civil unrest, a move President Donald Trump threatened to..
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U.S. defense secretary says he doesn't support invoking Insurrection Act

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday that he does not support invoking the Insurrection Act to deploy active duty forces to quell civil unrest and added that he regretted using the word..
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Perils for Pentagon as Trump threatens to militarize response to civil unrest

"Battlespace" was the word U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper used to describe protest sites in the United States. The top U.S. general then reinforced that image by appearing in downtown Washington in..
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Russia invites U.S. defense secretary to Red Square military parade

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, in a phone call with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, invited him to a military parade in Moscow's Red Square on June 24, the ministry said on Tuesday.
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UK, U.S. defence ministers discuss 'disinformation' from Russia, China

Britain's defence minister Ben Wallace and his U.S. counterpart Mark Esper discussed the need to tackle disinformation coming from Russia and China on Thursday, the British government said.
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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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Taliban not living up to commitments, U.S. Defense Secretary says

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday that the Taliban were not living up to their commitments under an agreement signed this year, amid signs the fragile deal is under strain by a..
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Italy's Prime Minister says foreign policy hasn't changed: paper

Italy's Prime Minister said on Tuesday foreign policy had not shifted after the country received aid for the coronavirus emergency from both China and Russia, in a response to an interview with U.S...
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Pentagon chief to 'thoroughly review' Navy inquiry into coronavirus-hit ship

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper will "thoroughly review" the Navy's preliminary inquiry into a coronavirus outbreak aboard the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt and then meet with Navy leadership..
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U.S. Pentagon chief criticizes China as misleading, opaque on coronavirus

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Thursday he believes China's leaders have been misleading and opaque about the coronavirus outbreak that originated there and does not trust that they are..
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U.S. defense secretary says China still withholding information on coronavirus

China is still withholding information related to the coronavirus needed to inform the global response, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in a television interview on Wednesday, as he called on..
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Unclear how long coronavirus-related restrictions will remain on military: Pentagon

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Tuesday said he was extending a stop movement order to the U.S. military halting travel and movement abroad and that it was unclear how long coronavirus-related..
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Exclusive: Inside Trump's standoff with South Korea over defense costs

When U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper rang his South Korean counterpart this week, he pressed for a deal quickly on defense cost-sharing that President Donald Trump expects will translate into much..
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Pentagon chief accepts acting Navy Secretary's resignation

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday that he had accepted Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly's resignation.
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U.S. defense chief backs Navy ouster amid report captain has coronavirus

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper defended the Navy's controversial decision to remove the commander of a coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier, who was reported on Sunday to have tested positive for..
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Secretary of Defense Mark Esper: Converted NYC convention center will be 'largest hospital in the United States'

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said more than 1,100 doctors, nurses and other medical personnel will be sent to New York City to help treat patients.
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U.S. Defense chief backs Navy decision to oust U.S. ship commander

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Sunday defended the U.S. Navy's controversial decision to remove the commander of a coronavirus-stricken U.S. aircraft carrier, saying it was a "tough call" but..
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Defense Secretary Esper backed firing of carrier captain Crozier

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper backed the Navy's firing of the commander of a coronavirus-striken aircraft carrier, the Pentagon said on Friday, amid a backlash from Democrats in Congress as well as..
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Pentagon says coronavirus outbreak on carrier doesn't warrant evacuation

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday it was not time to evacuate a U.S. aircraft carrier reeling from an outbreak of coronavirus, adding that he had not read in detail a letter from the..
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Exclusive: Pentagon orders halt overseas movement for U.S. military over coronavirus

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has issued a stop movement order to the U.S. military halting travel and movement abroad for up to 60 days in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus through the..
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U.S. military to send field hospitals to New York, Seattle

The U.S. military is preparing to deploy field hospitals to New York and Seattle, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday, as he acknowledged for the first time that the global coronavirus pandemic..
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Pentagon to free up one million respirator masks immediately for coronavirus

The U.S. military will make available up to 5 million respirator masks and protective equipment, including 1 million immediately, from its strategic reserves for U.S. government distribution, U.S...
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As coronavirus spreads, U.S. defense secretary separated from deputy

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has started keeping himself and his staff physically separated from his deputy's team as one of the precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus from impacting..
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Trump gives Pentagon authority for potential response after deadly Iraq attack

U.S. President Donald Trump has given the Pentagon the authority to potentially respond to Wednesday's rocket attack by Iran-backed militia in Iraq that killed two American troops and a British service..
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Pentagon chief says all options on table after Iraq rocket attack

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Thursday that all options were on the table after a rocket attack in Iraq killed one British and two American troops, an attack he said was by Iranian-backed..
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