Donald Trump Reportedly Suggested Nuking Hurricanes Before They Hit America
American president Donald Trump has said a bunch of things since becoming leader that have raised eyebrows.
Because he 'tells it like it is', as his supporters often say, he's prone to saying things that sometimes don't really stack up.
And if the latest leak from his inner circle is to be believed, then Trump just dropped an absolute corker during a White House briefing.
A source has told US political website Axios that authorities were gathered together to discuss the hurricane season and how they can best prepare for it and prevent as much damage.
As Trump was being told about the various options on hand, he reportedly asked why they can't drop a nuclear bomb on or in the storm before it hit the mainland.
"I got it. I got it. Why don't we nuke them?" the source who was there explained. "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?"
After asking this interesting question, the source claims the room was silent for a hot second before one staffer said they would look into the suggestion.
"You could hear a gnat fart in that meeting. People were astonished. After the meeting ended, we thought, 'What the fuck? What do we do with this?'" the source continued.
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Trump reportedly asked a similar question during the first few months of his presidency, but never used the word nuclear.
While it might sound like he's gone off the rails a bit, this idea to nuke a hurricane or massive storm isn't new.
Axios reports the suggestion has been around since the Eisenhower administration which finished in 1961.
Interestingly, people have been asking the question of 'would it work' ever since and the interest got so much traffic that it prompted a response from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Unsurprisingly, they weren't keen on it.
"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. Needless to say, this is not a good idea," their report said.
It added that a nuclear blast simply would create enough of a pressure change to alter the eye or the storm in any way that would be helpful.
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