The Pentagon on Friday unveiled a new policy that effectively bans the display of the Confederate flag — without actually naming it.
The policy reflects an effort to find a compromise on the divisive issue, as Defense Secretary Mark Esper strives to satisfy military leaders without irking President Donald Trump, who has criticized NASCAR for banning the flag.
A draft version of the policy explicitly banned the Confederate flag on Defense Department property, according to a report. Yet the language in the new policy simply lists the types of flags that are allowed to be displayed, including the flags of the United States, the states and territories, the armed services, and allies. The Confederate flag is not on the list.
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