WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Mark Esper has authorized an accelerated process for providing funding to the National Guard being used by states in efforts to combat the coronavirus, the Pentagon said on Saturday.
In a statement, the Pentagon said Esper had sent a letter to each governor on Friday when the authorization was made. It said there were a number of conditions that would have to be met before the authorization.
“This authorization enables your timely use of the National Guard to save lives and protect public health and safety,” the letter said, according to the Pentagon statement.
Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Daniel Wallis