According to a transcript of the interview provided by CBS, Esper told correspondent Norah O’Donnell, “it’s important to our country, it’s important to the republic, the American people, that they understand what was going on in this very consequential period — the last year of the Trump administration.”
“And to tell the story about things we prevented: really bad things, dangerous things that could have taken the country in a dark direction,” he added.
“At various times during…the last year of the administration, you know, folks in the White House are proposing to take military action against Venezuela, to strike Iran,” Esper replied. “At one point, somebody propose we blockade Cuba.”
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“Dangerous things that could have taken the country in a dark direction.”