Jonathan Swan reports at Axios:
President Trump has suggested multiple times to senior Homeland Security and national security officials that they explore using nuclear bombs to stop hurricanes from hitting the United States, according to sources who have heard the president’s private remarks and been briefed on a National Security Council memorandum that recorded those comments.
Behind the scenes: 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.
Dude’s gotta go.https://t.co/iZp6EExhF9
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 25, 2019
This whole @jonathanvswan story is absolutely nuts. According to Swan’s reporting, Trump has suggested nuking hurricanes as they form across the Atlantic. One of the ppl briefing him apparently reacted by saying something like, “Sir, we’ll look into that.” https://t.co/yLYsqEPBwK pic.twitter.com/6skcT0bTpe
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) August 25, 2019
The briefer “was knocked back on his heels,” the source in the room added. “You could hear a gnat fart in that meeting. People were astonished. After the meeting ended, we thought, ‘What the f—? What do we do with this?'” https://t.co/qy3H1avs8l
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) August 25, 2019
In 2016, serious people argued that Trump would grow into office
This week we’ve been discussing buying Greenland and nuking hurricanes
— Paul Musgrave (@profmusgrave) August 25, 2019
Again, if we didn’t elect Trump to annex things like Greenland, or nuke hurricanes, then what are we even doing this for?
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) August 25, 2019