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Mark Esper recalls the really vengeful way Trump wanted to punish critical officers

Former President Donald Trump’s pettiness and vengeance are further revealed in former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper’s new book, “A Sacred Oath.”

According to an excerpt from Esper’s memo shared by Talking Points Memo on Tuesday, Trump demanded the reactivation of retired former General Stan McChrystal and former Navy Admiral William H. McRaven so they could stand trial.

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

Esper described a meeting in May 2020 in which he himself and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, spoke to Trump of his request that McChrystal and McRaven be recalled to service with the sole intention that they could be punished for what they would say, TPM reported.

Trump only agreed not to go through with his plan, as Milley “promises[ed] that he would personally call the officers and ask them to call back, ”wrote Esper.

Elsewhere in his book, Esper recalled that he often shut down Trump’s wild ideas, including beating Iran and Venezuela, blocking Cuba and firing missiles at drug labs in Mexico, and then lying about it. Trump fired Esper after the 2020 election.

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