This is revealed by the former Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, in his next book.
Former President Donald Trump has proposed launching missiles into Mexico to “destroy drug labs” before the 2020 election, his former Defense Secretary Mark Esper says in his forthcoming book, The New York Times revealed.
In his new memoir, “A Sacred Oath,” Esper says that Trump suggested to him, at least twice during the summer of 2020, that the United States could “fire missiles at Mexico to destroy drug labs.”, and that he could do it secretly.
According to the former Secretary of Defense, the Republican tycoon assured that the operation could be carried out “quietly” and that the United States could simply deny that it had anything to do with it.
No one would know it was us, Trump said.
According to The New York Times, the book, which will be published next Tuesday, offers a startlingly candid perspective from a former US defense secretary, illuminating key episodes of the Trump presidency, including some that were unknown or little explored.
“I felt like I was writing for history and for the American people,” said Esper, who underwent the Pentagon’s standard security clearance process to search for classified information.
He added that he sent his writings to more than two dozen four-star generals, some cabinet members, and others to assess accuracy and fairness.
Trump claims to have “bent” the government of Mexico
Just a few weeks ago, Trump sparked controversy when he claimed to have “bent” the Mexican government, forcing it to agree to deploy tens of thousands of soldiers to the border to prevent the passage of migrants, under the threat that he would impose tariffs.
Last February, Trump opined that the United States should emulate Russia and send a peacekeeping force to the country’s southern border. “How smart is that?” he said, about sending Russian troops to the Ukrainian border shortly before the start of the invasion. “He [Russian President Vladimir Putin] is going to go into Ukraine and be a peacemaker. That is the strongest peacekeeping force… We could use that on our southern border.”
During his administration, Trump also threatened to designate drug cartels as “terrorists.” He even said he had offered the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, “to let us go in and clean up, and so far he has rejected the offer. But at some point, it has to be done.”
The warning caused a stir in Mexico, given the possibility that, declared terrorists, United States forces could launch operations on Mexican soil to capture the cartel bosses.
“Mexico will never admit any action that implies a violation of its national sovereignty. We will act firmly,” Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said at the time.