- Former defense secretary Mark Esper said Trump suggested missiles to wipe out Mexico’s drug cartels.
- He suggested shooting missiles at drug labs in Mexico at least twice in 2020, Esper said.
- Esper recounted the exchange in his memoir, excerpts of which were published by The New York Times.
Former President Donald Trump suggested launching missiles into Mexico to destroy cartels’ drug labs, the former defense secretary Mark Esper wrote in his upcoming memoir, according to The New York Times.
Several excerpts from Esper’s book, “A Sacred Oath: Memoirs of a Secretary of Defense During Extraordinary Times,” were published by the Times on Thursday. The memoir will be published on May 10.
Esper, who served as defense secretary from July 2019 until November 2020, wrote in the book that Trump had become increasingly unhappy about drugs coming through the Mexican border.