Washington (The Times Groupe)- In his memoir, former US Defense Secretary Mark Esper says then-US President Donald Trump proposed bombing cartel positions and “drug labs” in Mexico.
Former defense secretary Esper writes about Trump‘s belief that US strikes could be kept secret with public denial in his book A Sacred Oath, according to the New York Times. drug labs
Additionally, Esper wrote that he was worried Trump would use the military to seize ballot boxes on Election Day, and warned his subordinates to “be on guard for unusual calls from the White House before the election,” the Times reported.
Esper’s book will be published on Tuesday, and in recounting his own assessment of Trump, he says he “is an unprincipled person who, given his self-interest, shouldn’t be in a position of public service.”
It further corroborates reports that Trump attempted to mobilize active duty military personnel en masse in the US capital during mass racial justice protests in summer 2020.
“Can’t you just shoot them?” Trump asked Esper of the demonstrators.
After his first impeachment trial, which concluded in February 2020, Trump became increasingly erratic and tried to tighten his grip on the executive branch by surrounding himself with people who pledged their loyalty to him.
Among them was Stephen Miller, a top Trump aide throughout his four-year term who Esper called erratic and dangerous.
Along with demanding the US deploy 250,000 troops to the southern border to block migrant flow, which Esper denied flatly, saying the US doesn’t have the troops “to send to the border for such nonsense,” Miller proposed an exceedingly thick act in the Situation Room when the US killed former Daesh/ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
According to the book, this entailed taking al-Baghdadi’s head after he blew himself up, dipping it in pig’s blood, and wearing it as a warning.
Miller denied making the suggestion. Esper retorted that it would be a war crime.