“No one would know it was us”: Trump thought he could fire missiles at Mexico and blame another country

Something you have probably noticed in recent years is that Donald Trump has little to no grasp of reality. We know because he thinks he invented the phrase “priming the pump”; that Ivanka created 14 million jobs; that health insurance costs $12 a year; that Greenland is for sale; that the best three days of Queen Elizabethlife were the she passed with him; and that he could fire missiles at another country and no one would know.

Yes, The New York Times reports that in his next memoirs, a sacred oathformer Secretary of Defense wait mark It tells that in the summer of 2020, Trump asked, on at least two occasions, whether the military could “fire missiles at Mexico to destroy drug labs,” saying they “are not in control of their own country.” Speaking of all the various reasons why this idea was a failure, the then president insisted that they could do it “quietly”, adding: “no one would know it was us”. Apparently informed that yes, in fact, people would know it was the United States, Trump responded that he would just lie and say we didn’t do it. While this obviously sounds absolutely crazy, Trump has actually floated similar ideas. in public. (In a speech to Republican donors in March, Trump suggested the US should “put the Chinese flag” on its military planes, “bomb shit” out of Russia, “and then we say, China did it, we didn’t do it, china did it, and [let them] start fighting with each other”).

According to Esper, Trump perked up more after his first impeachment acquittal. Around the same time that he was suggesting secretly bombing Mexico and passing it off as if he didn’t do it, Trump also wanted to put 10,000 active-duty soldiers on the streets of DC to police the protests following the killing of George Floyd. (It was these protesters that Esper said Trump wanted to “just shoot.”) And in May 2020, Trump apparently “behaved so erratically” during a meeting on China that the Joint Chiefs of Staff subsequently felt the need to investigate the 25th Amendment, that is, the mechanism by which the president is removed from office. office for his cabinet. (A Trump spokesman did not respond to Times‘ comment request.)

Esper notes that he could have resigned in protest, and considered doing so several times, but felt it was important to stay to counter all the sycophants and people putting dangerous ideas into Trump’s head. For example, family separation architect. Stephen Miller.

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Miller proposed sending 250,000 troops to the southern border, claiming a large migrant caravan was on its way. “The US military doesn’t have 250,000 soldiers to send to the border for such nonsense,” writes Esper who responded.

In October 2019, after members of the national security team gathered in the Situation Room to watch a broadcast of the raid that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Miller proposed securing al-Baghdadi’s head. Baghdadi, dipping it in pig’s blood and displaying it to warn other terrorists, Esper writes. That would be a “war crime,” Esper replied. Mr. Miller strongly denied the episode and called Mr. Esper “an asshole”.

Unbelievably, given everything he witnessed, Esper says he doesn’t think it was necessary to invoke the 25th Amendment. Having said that, he also apparently thinks Trump shouldn’t be allowed to come within 1,000 feet of the White House ever again. “He is an unprincipled person who, given his own interest, should not be in the public service position,” Esper told the outlet. Times.


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