No, Trump Didn’t Suggest Nuking Hurricanes — Here’s the Latest Culprit Spreading Fake News About Trump

Well, Trump is putting out fires, and rectifying fake news stories as per usual. Axios published a story that President Trump wanted to use large nuclear weapons to fend off large hurricanes prior to reaching the shore.

“The story by Axios that President Trump wanted to blow up large hurricanes with nuclear weapons prior to reaching shore is ridiculous, I never said this. Just more FAKE NEWS!” Trump tweeted, in the third person.

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The story by Axios that President Trump wanted to blow up large hurricanes with nuclear weapons prior to reaching shore is ridiculous. I never said this. Just more FAKE NEWS!

On Sunday, Axios reporters Jonathan Swan and Margaret Talev published the “scoop” that President Trump plans to unleash nuclear weapons on the weather. “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,” they wrote.

Axios went on to acknowledge that “Trump didn’t invent this idea,” and “the idea keeps resurfacing in the public, even though scientists agree it won’t work.” As early as 1935, after a hurricane ripped through the Florida Keys, a group of chamber of commerce executives suggested bombing storms as a preventative measure. The U.S. Weather Bureau broached the question again in 1950 but with the Cold War underway warned the public not “to waste bombs on hurricanes.” A decade later, U.S. Weather Bureau chief Francis Reichelderfer announced plans to study the effects of bombs on storms, but high costs and uncertain fallout halted the experiment.

Of greater interest than the President’s private remarks are the sources who relayed them, and perhaps therein lies the key to this bizarre story. The report presents three distinct political possibilities. President Trump claims the reporters or the sources made it all up. The mainstream media have fabricated stories about the President before. But in this case the reporters “stand by every word in the story.” They even gave the White House press team nine hours to respond.