US governors ask Pentagon for clarification on National Guard
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US governors ask Pentagon for clarification on National Guard

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A group of governors in the United States has asked Department of Defense Secretary Mark Esper to clarify the federal government's plan for the possible activation of the National Guard as part of the containment action against the coronavirus disease.

In a letter to Esper, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and Hawaii Governor David Ige Hawaii, who headed the Council of Governors, an activation of the National Guard should be done in consultation with the heads of all 50 states in the US.

The governors expressed concern that in times of emergency, such as the coronavirus pandemic, the state powers over the National Guard could be taken away from them.

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