Defense Secretary Mark Esper doesn't actually ban the Confederate flag's display. He simply lists the flags that can be shown by the military, and the controversial banner is not on his list.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper
In a public break with President Trump, Defense Secretary Mark Esper says he does not support invoking the 1807 Insurrection Act and deploying troops to American streets.
Three weeks after Capt. Brett Crozier was relieved of his command of a coronavirus-infected aircraft carrier by a Navy official who has since resigned, top Navy brass want him back on his ship.
In describing the steps the military is taking to confront the pandemic, Defense Secretary Mark Esper claimed some are calling for the entire U.S. military to cease operations. But that's not true.
In an interview with NPR on Monday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said if U.S. troops or interests are threatened, the U.S. will have the right to retaliate.
Some former and current Pentagon officials had warned that clearing the men might undermine the military justice system.