Former US Defense Secretary Mark Esper claims Trump planned to close all African embassies.

Former US President Donald Trump planned to close all American embassies in Africa, according to Mark Esper, former US Defense Secretary.

A Sacred Oath: Memoirs of a Secretary of Defense, excerpts from Esper’s memoir The former Pentagon chief details a number of ‘outlandish’ proposals his former boss was willing to make in Extraordinary Times, which was published on Monday, May 9, including pulling the US military out of South Korea, withdrawing diplomatic personnel from Africa, and eagerness to meet with the Taliban, which the ex-president believed would ‘cast him as an extraordinary diplomat and businessman.’

Trump wanted to shut down all embassies in Africa - Former US Defence Secretary, Mark Esper says

The conference was canceled after a vehicle bomb in Kabul killed 12 people, including one American service man, on September 5.

‘Some of the things he was proposing were ridiculous,’ Esper said of Trump, such as a “total evacuation of US forces from South Korea” or a “full withdrawal of all military and diplomatic personnel from Africa.”

‘Shut down the African embassies,’ and ‘send our people [US diplomats] home.’ Trump, according to Esper, stated.

Trump wanted to shut down all embassies in Africa - Former US Defence Secretary, Mark Esper saysHe also claimed Trump was upset by his defiance. During a discussion regarding the flow of immigration to the US in 2018, Trump notoriously referred to African countries and Haiti as “s***hole countries.”

In his book, Esper describes a White House situation room meeting on August 30, 2019, during which then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo proposed a “final proposal” for a peace deal with the Taliban to end the Afghan war.

‘Trump then surprised everyone by stating in Washington, “I want to meet with the Taliban.” We were all surprised for a moment, glancing about at one another and then at the president to see if he was serious. ‘He was,’ writes the former defense secretary.

‘This was an idea that none of us liked. We all tried to persuade the president in different ways as he went around the room,’ Esper recounts.

‘Trump stated that any public statement about the peace agreement should claim that the United States will be at “zero [troops] in October” 2020, soon before the election. He regarded the accord through the perspective of Nov. 3, 2020. ‘It was a significant takeaway for me,’ says Esper.

He also alleges Trump repeated his oft-repeated accusation that ‘NATO is ripping us off.’

He informed him about Trump’s first meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in which she said, “What are you going to do about Ukraine?”

‘In his opinion, Germany is “closer to Ukraine than we are,” and it serves as a “large buffer” between Germany and Russia. He declared, “They should be paying Ukraine more than anyone else.” ‘I remember,’ Esper says.

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