There is no denying that hurricanes have been one of the biggest problems in the United States, being geographically located in a region where hurricanes can form. However, to the surprise of many, President Donald Trump has an interesting suggestion to stop hurricanes from hitting his country – firing a nuclear weapon at the eye of the hurricane.
Reports reveal that President Donald Trump has, on numerous occasions, suggested to senior Homeland Security and national security officials to explore the use of the country’s massive nuclear arsenal to disrupt a hurricane and preventing it from making landfall in the United States, according to people familiar with the matter. The President reportedly offered his ingenious suggestion to state officials since 2017.
The scoop came from sources who have heard the President’s private remarks and been briefed on a National Security Council memorandum that recorded those comments.
“I got it. I got it. Why don’t we nuke them?” said Trump during a hurricane briefing at the White House according to the source.
“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 sources added non-verbatim.
Of course, as expected, the people hearing the President’s suggestion had nothing to do but to say that they “look into it,” the sources revealed saying that people in the room are clearly shocked and “was knocked back on his heels,” after hearing the Trump’s proposal.
In an incredulous manner, Trump then replies, according to the sources who were at the briefing, by asking how many hurricanes are hitting the United States and how many of those can the U.S. handle.
“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?'” detailed by the sources when asked how did the people react on the proposal made by Trump.
This is not the first time Trump brought up the idea of bombing hurricanes to stop them from ravaging the United States soil. The President also raised the bombing idea to another high official in a conversation two years ago.
A 2017 NSC memo details the conversation in which Trump asked his officials if they should just bomb hurricanes to stop it from hitting the homeland. During the second conversation, however, Trump did not specifically mention to use “nuclear bombs” but has floated the idea of the bombing.
The source said that the memo described “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.”
It was confirmed by the said source that Trump’s idea of bombing hurricanes, which he started floating and suggesting ever since he assumed office before John Bolton took over as national security adviser, was not taken that seriously and did not make it to any policy process.
When asked for comments, a White House official said that they don’t comment on what the President may or may not have said during a briefing as they are private discussions.
“We don’t comment on private discussions that the president may or may not have had with his national security team,” the senior administration official said.
Another senior White House official, who has been briefed with Donald Trump’s interesting yet dangerous hurricane bombing suggestion defended the President saying that there is nothing to be alarmed of.
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.”
Donald Trump personally responded on reports describing his hurricane bombing suggestions in a Tweet, Monday, which he called “ridiculous.”
“I never said this. Just more FAKE NEWS!” the President tweeted.