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Donald Trump ‘wanted to launch missile strikes into Mexico to wipe out drug labs run by cartels’


Donald Trump wanted to launch secret MISSILE strikes into Mexico to wipe out drug labs run by cartels, former defense secretary Mark Esper claims in new book

  • Mark Esper, who served as Donald Trump’s Secretary of Defense from July 2019 to November 2020, has written a new book, A Sacred Oath
  • Esper, who was ‘terminated’ in a tweet by Trump, writes that Trump wanted to send missiles into Mexico to take out drug labs run by cartels
  • Esper said of Trump: ‘He is an unprincipled person who, given his self-interest, should not be in the position of public service’ 

Donald Trump proposed ‘quietly’ launching missiles into Mexico to take out drug labs run by cartels, his former Defense Secretary has claimed in his new book.

Mark Esper, who worked for Trump from July 2019 to November 2020, is publishing his book on Tuesday.

He describes Trump as ‘an unprincipled person who, given his self-interest, should not be in the position of public service.’ 

During the George Floyd protests, Trump asked Esper of the demonstrators: ‘Can’t you just shoot them?’ 

Esper, in an extract obtained by The New York Times, recounts a remarkable discussion with Trump about Mexican drug cartels.

Trump, angered by drugs coming into the U.S. across the southern border, asked Esper at least twice if the military could ‘shoot missiles into Mexico to destroy the drug labs.’

Esper said Trump was dismissive of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and told him: ‘They don’t have control of their own country.’

Esper said he objected, but Trump replied: ‘We could just shoot some Patriot missiles and take out the labs, quietly,’ adding that ‘no one would know it was us.’  

Trump said, according to the book, that he would just say that the United States had not conducted the strike.

Esper said he initially believed Trump was joking, until he saw his face. 

Mark Esper is seen in May 2020 in the Rose Garden, as Donald Trump looks on

Trump has not responded to Esper’s allegation.

Esper, 58, was fired by tweet by Trump in November 2020, with Trump saying he had been ‘terminated’.

An infantry officer who served in the Gulf War, Esper was chief of staff at the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation before working for several aerospace and weapons manufacturers.

Trump made him Secretary of the Army in June 2017.

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