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.
Our military families who have joined the fight against #COVID19 is far larger than just those in uniform. Thank you to the mothers, brothers, fathers, and sisters who support our troops and whom we are proud to support. pic.twitter.com/UYWpMDcO3M
— @EsperDoD (@EsperDoD) May 3, 2020
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.