Esper: Mobilization Of National Guard “Not Martial Law”

Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks as President Donald Trump listens during press briefing with the Coronavirus Task Force, at the White House, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Defense Secretary Mark Esper is insisting that the mobilization of the National Guard in three states is “not a move toward martial law.”

During a Pentagon briefing, Esper criticized any suggestions to the contrary. National Guard troops are being authorized to help state officials in New York, California and Washington state.

Esper insisted that state officials are in charge of the troops. He said the U.S. military stands ready to do whatever is necessary to help curb the growing coronavirus crisis.

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