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Trump news today: Esper says he stopped ex-president from doing ‘terrible things’


GOP governor calls on fellow Republicans to ‘move on’ from Trump

Former secretary of defence Mark Esper is still making headlines with his new book A Sacred Oath, which recounts his experiences serving under Donald Trump. Among the claims he makes is that during the Black Lives Matter protests in the summer of 2020, Mr Trump wanted to deploy 10,000 soldiers to the streets of Washington and order them to open fire on protesters .

Mr Trump has hit back at the story, insisting instead that he wanted a similar deployment on 6 January 2021 to maintain order in advance of the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory. He claims without evidence that he was rebuffed.

Mr Esper, who was fired from his position in November 2020 following disputes with the former president, has made several startling revelations in his new book titled

Meanwhile, A new report has claimed that former president Donald Trump is “completely weirded out” by the various lurid stories swirling around Madison Cawthorn, the young far-right congressman who has lately been embarrassed by unflattering images and video of his lewd antics. Mr Cawthorn has also twice been caught carrying a handgun in an airport, and has had multiple encounters with police while driving.

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Texas attorney general faces action over 2020 election actions

Ken Paxton, the right-wing Texas attorney general who appeared at Donald Trump’s “stop the steal” rally before the 6 January Capitol attack, is facing potential disciplinary action from his state bar over his actions after the 2020 election. Specifically, the Texas bar is poised to include him in a lawsuit alleging he made dishonest claims in a petition to have the US Supreme Court overturn Joe Biden’s victory in four swing states.

Mr Paxton is a dogged Trump supporter who has been under indictment on criminal fraud charges for several years.

Andrew Naughtie10 May 2022 10:43

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Pelosi: The US “needs a strong Republican Party”

Speaking at an event yesterday, Nancy Pelosi reiterated a point she has made several times before: that the Republican Party has moved so far away from its days representing the centre-right that it now resembles a “cult” – and that this is to the detriment not just of the party itself, but to the country, which would benefit from having a GOP that operated within the bounds of normality.

Take a look at her remarks below.

Andrew Naughtie10 May 2022 10:03

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Report: Trump promises “vengeance” at fundraiser

The New York Times’s Maggie Haberman last night shared some choice Trump quotes from a National Republican Congressional Committee fundraiser, where it seems the former president was in an upbeat mood:

Andrew Naughtie10 May 2022 09:25

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Steve Bannon threatens Mark Esper over Trump revelations

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon has vowed revenge against Mark Esper for making shocking revelations against Donald Trump in his new book.

“Now let me be brutally frank Esper, ‘cause your book is going to get ripped apart like Bill Barr’s [book]…So don’t think you are skipping away from this. When we come to power, don’t think you can skip away from this,” the far-right political pundit said in his podcast on Monday.

“You are going to be held accountable for this, bro.”

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar10 May 2022 08:45

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House panel inching closer to issuing subpoenas to GOP members

The House select committee investigating the 6 January Capitol riot are inching closer to issuing subpoenas to Republican members of Congress to compel their cooperation.

The panel is expected to make a final decision on the subpoenas over the next couple of weeks ahead of the public hearings in June, sources familiar with the matter told The Guardian.

According to sources, Republican leaders’ refusal to assist the investigation in any form has caused a stir among the members of the committee, prompting them to deliberate issuing subpoenas.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar10 May 2022 07:58

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Esper says he believes Trump was a ‘threat to democracy’

Former defence secretary Mark Esper said he believes Donald Trump was a threat to democracy, alleging that his actions led to the Capitol riots last year.

“I think that, given the events of 6 January, given how he has undermined the election results, he incited people to come to DC, stirred them up that morning, and failed to call them off, to me, that threatens our democracy,” Mr Esper told Fox News on Monday.

The former defence secretary said he hopes his former boss doesn’t run for office in 2024.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar10 May 2022 07:19

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Department of Defense ‘tried to stop Esper’s Mexico revelation’

The US defence ministry reportedly tried to block former secretary Mark Esper from revealing that Donald Trump threatened to bomb Mexico to “destroy” drug production labs.

In his upcoming book A Sacred Oath: Memoirs of a Secretary of Defense During Extraordinary Times, Mr Esper recounts a conversation in 2020 where the former president said: “We could just shoot some Patriot missiles and take out the labs, quietly.”

Pentagon officials were alarmed at the potential effect the revelation could have on US-Mexico relations, CNN reported, citing sources.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar10 May 2022 06:50

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Trump says he has no phones given by Trump Organization

Former president Donald Trump in an affidavit filed with the court has stated that he doesn’t have any cell phones requested by New York attorney general Letitia James in the ongoing investigation of alleged fraud by the Trump Organization.

In a bid to stay a $10,000 per day fine for contempt of court, the former president said he had turned over all material in his possession that the attorney general’s office had subpoenaed.

Mr Trump said he no longer has a phone given to him by the organisation in 2015, two other flip phones, or a Samsung phone that was “taken from me at some point while I was president”, according to a CNN report.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar10 May 2022 06:05

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Trump refuses to deny that he wanted to bomb drug labs in Mexico

Former president Donald Trump has refused to comment on allegations made by former defence secretary Mark Esper that he suggested launching missiles into Mexico to “destroy the drug labs”.

Mr Esper during an interview with CBS alleged that during the last year of the Trump administration, he and other officials worked tirelessly to prevent “really bad things” from happening under the former president’s watch.

When CBS sought comments from Mr Trump, he responded by flatly denying all but one of the claims sent over by the network.

Johanna Chisholm reports.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar10 May 2022 05:25

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Trump claims he personally ran US military due to ‘lightweight’ defence secretary

Former president Donald Trump claimed he had to “run the military” during his tenure in office because his defence secretary Mark Esper was a “lightweight”.

Hitting out at Mr Esper, the former president in a written response to CBS said: “Mark Esper was weak and totally ineffective and because of it, I had to run the military.

“Mark Esper was a stiff who was desperate not to lose his job. He would do anything I wanted, that’s why I called him ‘Yesper.’ He was a lightweight and figurehead, and I realised it very early on,” he added.

Maroosha Muzaffar has more.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar10 May 2022 04:54



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