Over the weekend, it surfaced that Donald Trump wanted to bomb the Mexican drug cartels during his time as president, per a new book from Trump’s former Defense Secretary Mark Esper. Trump elected to release a Q&A in response to this allegation along with other ones levied in the book and in Esper’s 60 Minutes interview. The statement said in part, “Q: During a June 1, 2020 meeting at White House the cabinet was debating what to do about ‘protests’ and ‘civil unrest,’ Mark Esper says President Trump wanted to shoot some of the protesters in the legs.” Trump responded, “this is a complete lie, and 10 witnesses can back it up. Mark Esper was weak and totally ineffective, and because of it, I had to run the military.” Specifically about the bombing the drug cartels comment, Trump responded “no comment,” which is basically an admission that he did say it. There is much to criticize Mark Esper for, especially since he held off on releasing this information until he could sell a book, but he is certainly more trustworthy on these topics than Donald Trump is.
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