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Mark Esper Recalls Truly Vindictive Way Trump Wanted To Punish Critical Officers


The pettiness and vindictiveness of former President Donald Trump is further revealed in former Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s latest book, “A Sacred Oath.”

In keeping with an excerpt of Esper’s memoir that Talking Points Memo shared on Tuesday, Trump demanded the reactivation of retired former Gen. Stan McChrystal and former Navy Admiral William H. McRaven so that they could possibly be court-martialed.

Their crimes? Per Esper, it was because they’d dared to criticize Trump.

Esper detailed a May 2020 meeting by which himself and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley talked Trump out of his request that McChrystal and McRaven be called back to duty with the only real intention that they could possibly be punished for what they’d said, reported TPM.

Trump only agreed to not undergo together with his plan when Milley “promis[ed] that he would personally call the officers and ask them to dial it back,” wrote Esper.

Elsewhere in his book, Esper recalled often shutting down Trump’s wild ideas including striking Iran and Venezuela, blockading Cuba and firing missiles at drug labs in Mexico after which lying about it. Trump axed Esper after the 2020 election.

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