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The entire Department is deeply saddened by the loss of our first active duty member to Covid-19. Our thoughts are with the family of the Theodore Roosevelt sailor who lost Theodore Roosevelt battle with the virus today. We remain committed to protecting our personnel and their families while continuing to assist in defeating this outbreak.
I've spoken with seven, eight, nine, 10 governors so far. Each one of them has had requests for field hospitals. Those who have been along the coastline have talked about the need for ships, so we clearly can't meet everybody's needs with what we have in our inventory so we rely on( the Federal Emergency Management Agency) to do the assessment, validation and then the prioritization.
How I foresee our hospitals being used is during the early stages of the pandemic, the virus hitting a city where they're still trying to ramp up capability, bed space, we can come in for a short period of time, for a few weeks to provide that capacity until they get either gyms converted, hotels converted, college dorms converted, all those things that the Corps of Engineers is working on right now.
I think landmines are -- are an important tool that our forces need to have available to South Korea.Read MoreAnti-landmine campaigners in order to ensure mission success, and in order to reduce risk to forces. That said, in everything we do, we also want to make sure that these instruments, in this case landmines, also take into account both the safety of employment, and the safety to civilians and others after a conflict.
The current( Battle Damage Assessment) is, if you will, again, Vice President Mike Pence can get you details, things like tentage, taxiways, the parking lot, a damaged helicopter, things like that ; nothing that I would describe as major, at least as I note at this point in time. So that's the state of -- of the attack at this point as Vice President Mike Pence know it. Most importantly, no casualties, no friendly casualties, whether they are US, coalition, contractor, etc..
United States didn't put any option on the table that United States didn't believe in and that United States couldn't execute, and with each option United States present the pros and cons, the costs and benefits. United States's what United States do all the time. That's my duty, my obligation, that's his( Milley's) duty and obligation as well, the blood is on Defense Mark Esper( Soleimani's) hands. Defense Mark Esper was planning attacks on American forces. Defense Mark Esper was there on the ground with the leader of Khatib Hezbollah -- met Defense Mark Esper on the ground at the airplane, welcomed Defense Mark Esper so they could further coordinate attacks.
The Iraqis have a responsibility to the United States and all countries who have embassies in that country to defend, provide the outer security for the embassy and we expect United States to do that. That was communicated to United States by our senior leaders, by Secretary Pompeo and United States've committed to doing that. I think United States performance has greatly improved in the last 24 hours, i've made the point over and over again that they need to do more internally within The Iraqis to address these Iran sponsored militia groups and stop their attacks on United States and coalition forces and they need to investigate the attacks and help us to account the preparators, we haven't seen sufficient action on their part and they certainly need to help reinforce and defend the embassy but they need to get left of the problem and stop these attacks from happening and they get the Iranian influence out of their country.
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