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Durbin Meets With Defense Secretary Nominee, Mark Esper

Jul 18, 2019 - Targeted News Service

Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release:

U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, today met with Dr. Mark Esper, President Trump's nominee to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Defense. During today's meeting, Durbin asked Dr. Esper about the ongoing U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and the humanitarian crisis at the border that President Trump created with his anti-immigrant policies.

"Dr. Esper is a respected professional, who has devoted a major part of his life in service to this country," Durbin said. "The Secretary of Defense in the Trump Administration has a special responsibility to advise a President who has no experience in national security. I believe that Dr. Esper is up to the ...