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Defense Secretary Esper in San Diego as part of three-day West Coast tour

By ANDREW DYER | The San Diego Union-Tribune | Published: September 17, 2020

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Tribune News Service) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper landed in San Diego Wednesday as part of a planned three-day tour of the West Coast.

He was visiting defense industrial facilities in Southern California to assess the impacts of COVID-19 on operations, according to the Pentagon.

The Pentagon declined to say what San Diego facilities Esper was touring or what other plans he had. In an email, a Pentagon spokesperson said the secretary is "in California."

A Marine Corps Air Station Miramar spokesman confirmed the secretary landed at the base Wednesday.

Before flying into Miramar, Esper delivered a speech Wednesday at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, where he discussed emerging threats from China and Russia.

"These revisionist powers are using predatory economics, political subversion and military force in an attempt to shift the balance of power in their favor and often at the expense of others," Esper said.

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