President Trump, the brilliant person that he is, has suggested using nuclear bombs to prevent hurricanes from hitting the United States.
Yes, you read that correctly. No, this isn’t from The Onion.
Sources who have heard Trump’s private remarks allege that the comments were made during a briefing on hurricanes on a National Security Council memorandum.
“I got it. I got it. Why don’t we nuke them?” Trump suggested according to Axios.
The source then claimed Trump said (paraphrasing), “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?”
This is apparently the second time Trump has floated around the idea, which was detailed in a 2017 NSC memo given to Axios. Though it should be noted that this inquiry didn’t suggest using nuclear bombs, just regular ones.
“His goal — to keep a catastrophic hurricane from hitting the mainland — is not bad. His objective is not bad,” a senior official told Axios, as if that makes the idea any less asinine.
According to a fact sheet, doing so would not only leave the storm unaltered, but there would be subsequent consequences in the form of a radioactive fallout that would cause devastation across the environment.
Keep the good ideas coming commander in chief.
h/t: The Hill