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Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that the Pentagon is prepared to provide additional financial support for the president's border wall.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that the Pentagon is prepared to provide additional financial support for the president's border wall.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper, in a news conference, just declined to answer @ckubeNBC 's question about how many U.S. embassies were under threat from Iran -- a potential third rail with President Trump. "I've spoken a lot about Iran this week and I have nothing more to add."

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the Pentagon is prepared to provide additional financial support for the president's border wall.

President Trump on Friday told Fox News that the threat was against four American embassies, but two days later Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he'd seen no such evidence.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper says the Pentagon is prepared to provide additional financial support for the president's border wall.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper says the Pentagon is prepared to provide additional financial support for the president's border wall.

In a departure from the line taken by President Trump, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters that he did not see specific evidence of an imminent Iranian attack on U.S. embassies, FP’s@laraseligman  and @RobbieGramer  write.

"I'm not going to discuss intelligence. What the president said was he believed there probably could've been," Defense Secretary Mark Esper said.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he had seen no hard evidence that 4 American embassies were under possible threat when President Trump authorized the targeting of Iran's top commander, raising questions about the scale of the threat described by Trump.

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Breaking News: Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he didn't see any specific evidence that Iran had planned to attack 4 American embassies, as President Trump had claimed was justification for the strike that sent the U.S. and Iran to the brink of war

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he did not see specific evidence from intelligence officials that Iran was planning to attack four U.S. embassies, the reason President Trump gave to justify the killing of Iran's Qassem Soleimani

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper contradicted President Trump by asserting the US would not target Iranian cultural sites. "We will follow the laws of armed conflict," he said.

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Breaking News: The U.S. will not strike cultural sites in Iran if conflict escalates, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said, despite President Trump's threats to do so

Top national security officials -- including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper -- have departed the White House. Vice President Mike Pence also departed.

BREAKING: Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Mark Milley are at the White House and meeting with the President in the Situation Room.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Gen Mark Milley returned to the Pentagon after briefing the President and VP tonight. Esper has now gone home, according to Sr US defense official.

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper says President Trump ordered him to allow a controversial Navy SEAL accused of war crimes to keep his status in the elite service, despite resistance from Navy leaders.

President Trump has made an outstanding choice for Secretary of Defense. Mark Esper has played a major role in the administration’s ongoing work to restore our Armed Forces. He's won high praise from experts across the political spectrum. The Senate should confirm him this week.

I am pleased that President Trump has announced his intent to nominate Secretary of the Army Mark Esper to serve as Secretary of Defense. Mr. Esper’s distinguished military service and record of leadership at the Pentagon make him an outstanding choice.

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