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Trump responds to media ‘scoop’ he wants to nuke hurricanes

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With the Russian collusion hoax falling through and along with it the hope to impeach President Donald Trump, there appears to be a renewed effort to convince the country ahead of the 2020 presidential election that Trump is mentally unfit for office.

A man so out of touch with reality that he wants to use the United States nuclear arsenal on hurricanes.

That’s according to a “scoop” from Axios, which reported on Sunday that Trump has made the suggestion “multiple times,” including at a White House hurricane briefing with Homeland Security and national security officials — citing an anonymous source, of course.

More from Axios:

During one hurricane briefing at the White House, Trump said, “I got it. I got it. Why don’t we nuke them?” according to one source who was there. “They start forming off the coast of Africa, as they’re moving across the Atlantic, we drop a bomb inside the eye of the hurricane and it disrupts it. Why can’t we do that?” the source added, paraphrasing the president’s remarks.

  • Asked how the briefer reacted, the source recalled he said something to the effect of, “Sir, we’ll look into that.”
  • Trump replied by asking incredulously how many hurricanes the U.S. could handle and reiterating his suggestion that the government intervene before they make landfall. 

According to the source said to be in the room, the person giving the briefing “was knocked back on his heels.”

Axios reported that a 2017 NSC memo also described a conversation with a senior administration official where Trump talked about bombing hurricanes, with their source saying the memo did not include the word “nuclear.”

Which would be an entirely different prospect, if true.

Either way, President Trump responded to the Axios “scoop” to essentially say they had a scoop of cat droppings.

“The story by Axios that President Trump wanted to blow up large hurricanes with nuclear weapons prior to reaching shore is ridiculous. I never said this. Just more FAKE NEWS!” he tweeted.


If anything, the story highlights just how important the president’s Twitter platform is.

When faced with “ridiculous” stories like this, Trump can respond immediately with a rebuttal, offering his take on events.

Given that the president has 63.5 million followers and the media hangs on his every tweet, his platform far outreaches that of Axios.

Even though once the story, based on faceless, nameless sources, is put out there, the anti-Trump cable networks pounce, running with it to mock and disparage the president, as seen on MSNBC.

Of course, the idea of nuking hurricanes was dismissed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“Apart from the fact that this might not even alter the storm, this approach neglects the problem that the released radioactive fallout would fairly quickly move with the tradewinds to affect land areas and cause devastating environmental problems,” the agency said. “Needless to say, this is not a good idea.”

Needless to say, the president of the United States would be privy to the assessment.

Tom Tillison


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