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Judi Lynn

(160,391 posts)
Wed Sep 28, 2022, 05:05 PM Sep 2022

Donald Trump considered bombing drug labs in Mexico, according to new book [View all]

Josh Dawsey
08:34, Sep 29 2022

As US president, Donald Trump weighed bombing drug labs in Mexico after one of his leading public health officials came into the Oval Office, wearing a dress uniform, and said such facilities should be handled by putting "lead to target" to stop the flow of illicit substances across the border into the United States.

"He raised it several times, eventually asking a stunned Defence Secretary Mark Esper whether the US could indeed bomb the labs," according to a new book by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman. White House officials said the official, Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir, often wore his dress uniform for meetings with Trump, which confused the former president.

"The response from White House aides was not to try to change Trump's view, but to consider asking Giroir not to wear his uniform to the Oval Office any more," Haberman writes in Confidence Man, an extensive book about Trump's time in New York and as president.

The 607-page book, which has long been awaited by many of Trump's aides, is set to be published Tuesday. A copy was obtained by The Washington Post. The book details unusual and erratic interactions between Trump and world leaders, members of Congress, as well as his own aides, along with behind-the-scenes accounts of his time as a businessman.


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