Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper claimed that Donald Trump planned to launch secret missile attacks into Mexico to destroy cartel-run drug labs.

Former US President Donald Trump considered ‘quietly’ shooting missiles into Mexico to destroy cartel-run drug labs, according to Mark Esper, his former Defense Secretary.

Esper, who worked for Trump from July 2019 until November 2020, is set to release his new book on Tuesday, May 10, in which he calls Trump “an unprincipled person who, given his self-interest, should not be in a position of public service.”

Esper recounts a conversation with Trump about Mexican drug cartels in an excerpt acquired by The New York Times.

He claimed Trump asked Esper at least twice whether the military could’shoot missiles into Mexico to destroy the drug labs,’ since he was unhappy that drugs were streaming into the US across the southern border.

‘They don’t have control of their own country,’ Trump told Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, according to Esper.

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

According to the book, Trump stated that he would simply state that the US had not carried out the strike.

Esper claimed he thought Trump was joking until he saw his face.

Trump fired Esper, 58, with a tweet in November 2020, saying he had been “terminated” immediately after losing the election to Joe Biden.

Trump became emboldened and more volatile following his first impeachment in December 2019, according to The New York Times.

On May 9, 2020, during a meeting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff about China, Trump acted so strangely that one officer confided in Esper that he had begun researching the 25th Amendment.

Esper continued by noting that he has never felt Trump’s actions justified the use of the 25th Amendment.

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