August 26, 2019
Honestly, this appears to be one of Trump’s better ideas. At least of those we’ve heard of recently.
Nuking a hurricane would be hilarious.
A senior Trump administration official told Axios that the president’s suggestion to drop nuclear bombs into hurricanes to stop them from hitting the United States was well-intentioned.
“His goal — to keep a catastrophic hurricane from hitting the mainland — is not bad,” the official, who had been briefed on the suggestion, told the outlet. “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,'” the official said. “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.”
Axios reported Sunday that Trump had floated the unconventional strategy in meetings with Homeland Security and national security officials.
“I got it. I got it. Why don’t we nuke them?” Trump reportedly said at a White House briefing on hurricanes.
“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?” a source recounted to the outlet, paraphrasing Trump’s words.
The Hill has reached out to the White House regarding the reported suggestion.
It doesn’t really make any sense to me how this would work, and there would obviously be problems with nuking the ocean.
But the image of Trump going on TV and saying “I have just ordered the deployment of a nuclear missile… to stop the incoming hurricane…” is very funny to me, and I think many other Americans would get enough amusement from this event to make it worth whatever the cost was.