Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper says in his new book that then-President Donald Trump asked him in 2020 about launching missiles into Mexico to “destroy the drug labs”

“We could just shoot some Patriot missiles and take out the labs, quietly,” Trump suggested, according to the upcoming book “A Sacred Oath,” the Times reported.

The former president reasoned that Mexico didn’t “have control” over its own country and that “no one would know it was us,” Esper recounted. Esper says he was opposed to the plan. 

While Esper writes that Trump’s behavior never became erratic enough to justify an invocation of the 25th Amendment, the book describes a chaotic White House focused almost entirely on Trump’s reelection bid.

Earlier this week, Axios reported that Esper’s book also details Trump raising the idea of shooting protesters who took to the streets around the White House that summer.

“Can’t you just shoot them? Just shoot them in the legs or something?” Trump asked, according to an excerpt in the book, Axios reported.

Esper broke with Trump at various times as defense secretary, including over the president’s plans to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

I felt like I was writing for history and for the American people,” and called the former president “an unprincipled person who, given his self-interest, should not be in the position of public service.” He Said.

Trump ultimately fired Esper by tweet in early November 2020, days after losing the presidential election.

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