Pentagon to ban all Confederate flags on military bases despite Trump's objections

Pentagon to ban all Confederate flags on military bases despite Trump's objections

The Pentagon will prohibit the Confederate battle flag from US military installations despite Donald Trump’s insistence that flying the symbol is “freedom of speech” amid a national reckoning over racist icons and political battles to remove the flag across the US.

According to a memo obtained by the Associated Press, Secretary of Defence Mark Esper says “the flags we fly must accord with the military imperatives of good order and discipline, treating all our people with dignity and respect, and rejecting divisive symbols” – but he does not explicitly mention the Confederate battle flag.

More follows…

Menu