According to former Pentagon chief Mark Esper, the former U.S. president wanted to launch several Patriot missiles and quietly destroy the laboratories.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump was interested in the possibility of launching targeted missile strikes on drug laboratories in Mexico. This was reported by The New York Times newspaper with reference to excerpts from the memoirs of former U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, which are being prepared for publication.

According to the former head of the Pentagon, Trump wanted to know if it was possible to strike drug labs in Mexico and thereby destroy cartels. “They have no control over their country,” Esper recalls the words of the former head of the White House. – We could launch several Patriot missiles and quietly destroy the laboratories <…> no one will know it was us.”

In November 2020, after the general election, Trump dismissed Esper. For some time before that, he had criticized him, including for prohibiting the display of Confederate flags and banners at military facilities. The Republican has repeatedly stated that he does not approve of this measure, considering it a violation of freedom of speech and a rewriting of history.