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Donald Trump suggested firing nuclear weapons into hurricanes to prevent them hitting the US, it has emerged from reports in Washington.
The US president is said to have suggested the idea of bombing hurricanes with senior Homeland Security and national security officials on a number of occasions, going back as far as 2017.
One source told the US news website Axios that during one meeting, Trump asked: “I got it. I got it. Why don’t we nuke them?”
“The people were astonished,” one source said. “After the meeting ended, we thought, ‘what the f***? What do we do with this?”
The briefer reportedly told the president they would “look into” the possibility.
The president’s comments were recorded in a National Security Council (NSC) memorandum and in another, from 2017, it details how the US president asked whether hurricanes could be bombed with conventional weapons.
A senior White House official, who had been briefed on the president’s comments told Axios: “His objective is not bad.”
People online couldn’t decide which reaction was most appropriate; fear, humour, or unadulterated shock.
uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh whhhh what the fuck https://t.co/211KrxdxfA— Chuck Wendig (@Chuck Wendig) 1566778890
@ChuckWendig Oh man, I nuke things all the time. Burger is cold? Nuke it. Weeds in the yard? Nuke ‘em. Kids won’t s… https://t.co/weREGRqZ4s— Aaron Mahnke (@Aaron Mahnke) 1566779930
There were others who thought Trump's comments were a joke and swiftly experienced the horror of truth
@ChuckWendig I saw several jokes about nuking hurricanes on Twitter before I put two and two together and realized… https://t.co/T0fgE1YcMQ— Tristan Palmgren (@Tristan Palmgren) 1566779228
@ChuckWendig These days it's hard to tell what's a real headline and what's an absurd set-up for one of your joke threads.— Becca Green (@Becca Green) 1566778956
And there are those who, quite frankly, cannot.
@ChuckWendig https://t.co/X8kCyvTwCe— Tyler Walpole (@Tyler Walpole) 1566779009
FYI, you cannot bomb a hurricane.
According to the Hurricane Research Division of the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, nuking a hurricane would cause catastrophic problems.
During each hurricane season, there always appear suggestions that one should simply use nuclear weapons to try and destroy the storms. 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.
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