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The policy, which has not yet been finalized or signed by esper'>Defense Secretary Mark Esper, comes as President Donald Trump earlier in the day criticized NASCAR’s decision to ban the flag at its races and venues.

Insubordination: @RepAndyBiggsAZ  suggests esper'>Defense Secretary Esper ought to be employed somewhere else for not supporting @POTUS . #AmericaFirst  #MAGA  #Dobbs 

Sen. Tammy Duckworth says she intends to block the pending promotions of more than 1,000 Army officers until esper'>Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirms he has not blocked and will not block the promotion of impeachment witness Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.

Trump’s campaign is working w/ lobbyists — the “swamp” giving aid. And here’s new info on Raytheon lobbyist David Urban, West Point classmate of Pompeo & Esper, helping push through arms sales to Saudi Arabia & UAE. By @kenvogel  @laforgia_  @Hailey_Fuchs .

The draft policy, which has not been finalized or signed by esper'>Defense Secretary Mark Esper, was making the rounds as President Donald Trump criticized NASCAR’s decision to ban the flag at its races and venues.

Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth has put a blanket hold on 1,100 military promotions until Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper assures her in writing that impeachment witness Lt. Col. Alex Vindman will not be punished for his testimony.

One particularly striking piece of reporting: Lobbyist David Urban's private support of esper'>SecDef Mark Esper helped the defense secretary keep his job

Tammy Duckworth Will Stall 1100 Military Promotions Unless Esper Promises Not To Block LTC Vindman’s

Duckworth to block military confirmations until Esper proves Vindman will be promoted

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Duckworth to block military confirmations until Esper proves Vindman will be promoted

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Wow -- Duckworth says she will block Senate approvals of **1,123** senior U.S. Armed Forces promotions until Esper "confirms in writing that he did not, or will not, block the expected and deserved promotion of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman to Colonel."

“The ceasefire is holding up very nicely. There are some minor skirmishes that have ended quickly. New areas being resettled with Kurds. U.S. soldiers are not in combat or ceasefire zone. We have secured the Oil.” esper'>Mark Esper, Secretary of Defense. Ending endless wars!

BREAKING: Together with allies, @ACLU_NCA  is taking Trump, Barr and Esper to court for firing tear gas and other weapons on protesters outside the White House. The use of a chemical weapon was an inhumane violation of the First Amendment. Our government must be held accountable.

The problem with Mattis and even Esper is they think the US military exists to protect foreign allies in places like Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. That’s its “real job.” Don’t they know the main reason we have a military is to protect the American people? @realDonaldTrump 

NYT reports that Pompeo, Bolton, Esper met with Trump in late August to plead with him to release military aid. He rebuffed their effort.

NEW: A senior Pentagon official tells @CBSNews  David Martin that on Monday the president said he wanted 10k troops patrolling streets across the country. In a heated conversation in the Oval Office, Barr, Esper, & Milley advised him against it. More tonight on @CBSEveningNews 

Senior WH official says Esper's remarks this morning were received "very poorly" at WH.

Reminder. Prior to becoming Secretary of Defense, esper'>Mark Esper was a lobbyist for Raytheon, a major US defense contractor.

Trump said on Fox that the intelligence showed Iran plotting against four of our embassies. As a member of the Gang of 8, that was news to me. Now, Esper says this was not intelligence, only Trump’s personal belief. That’s no basis to take us to the brink of war.

....contracting procedures were not addressed to my satisfaction. Therefore, Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer’s services have been terminated by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. I thank Richard for his service & commitment. Eddie will retire peacefully with all of the.....

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