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Trump weighed bombing drug labs in Mexico, according to new book

By Josh Dawsey

28 Sep 2022 · 8 min read

Editor's Note

WaPo gives some bizzarre and some expected highlights from an upcoming book on former US President Donald Trump that also covers his early life as a real-estate developer in New York City.

WASHINGTON - As 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 Defense Secretary Mark Esper whether the United States 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.

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