President Trump has called “BS” on the mainstream news outlets that have been pushing a story that he proposed taking out hurricanes that were approaching the US with nuclear weapons.
President Trump has been trying to shoot down an erroneous report that said he “suggested multiple times” to top officials that they should look into whether a nuclear bomb could stop a massive hurricane in its tracks.
Axios, citing unnamed sources, reported Sunday that Trump made the comments to Homeland Security and other officials. Since then it has been picked up by other news outlets, and has been trekking across the internet like a Cat 5 storm.
The original Axios “source” had paraphrased the President talking about how hurricanes form off the coast of Africa, and said he supposedly asked, “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 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that the nuclear option is a bad idea. “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 website read.
The “unnamed source” said those present in the meeting were astonished, and further claimed that Trump inquired about the use of a nuclear bomb on “more than one occasion
Trump took to Twitter on Monday to call the report “ridiculous.”
Just More Fake News to Make Trump Look Bad
In response to the reports, Trump tweeted, “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!”
A senior official appeared to defend Trump in the Axios report and said, “His goal — to keep a catastrophic hurricane from hitting the mainland — is not bad. His objective is not bad.”