Trump tells advisers: Maybe we should use nukes to stop hurricanes heading towards U.S.
President Donald Trump has suggested to senior Homeland Security and national security officials that they explore using nuclear bombs to stop hurricanes headed towards the United States.
This information is coming from Axios, who spoke to sources privy to the president's private remarks, and been briefed on a National Security Council memorandum that recorded those comments.
This might be the most alarming and idiotic report we've ever heard of. The fact that the United States would use nuclear weapons to stop a hurricane almost sounds like a joke, and maybe it is. But, it sounds like the joke was made during an official hurricane briefing. And, these were actual comments made by Trump and his team. And, that's not okay.
Based on the reporting of this:
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.
Trump was told: "Sir, we'll look into that."
The briefing was so odd that the briefer was "was knocked back on his heels," according to the source. 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?'"
It appears calling this a joke is not the case, because apparently this is not the first and only time Trump talked about using a bomb to stop a hurricane.
The source talked about the NSC memo and said it talked about many topics, not just bombing hurricanes: "multiple topics, not just hurricanes. … It wasn't that somebody was so terrified of the bombing idea that they wrote it down. They just captured the president’s comments."
The White House is refusing to talk about this: "We don't comment on private discussions that the president may or may not have had with his national security team."
Another senior administration official appears to support Axios reporting, suggesting that Trump's comments weren't all that harmful: "His goal — to keep a catastrophic hurricane from hitting the mainland — is not bad," the official said. "His objective is not bad."
"What people near the president do is they say 'I love a president who asks questions like that, who’s willing to ask tough questions.' ... It takes strong people to respond to him in the right way when stuff like this comes up. For me, alarm bells weren't going off when I heard about it, but I did think somebody is going to use this to feed into 'the president is crazy' narrative."