President Donald Trump denied on Monday that he had suggested dropping nuclear bombs on hurricanes before they hit the United States, calling the news “ridiculous”.
According to the Axios website, Donald Trump asked during a meeting on hurricanes whether it would be possible, to prevent them from forming completely at sea, to drop an atomic bomb on their center. According to an anonymous source quoted by this information site, the people who participated in the meeting came out perplexed. It does not specify when this meeting would have taken place. The head of the White House, traveling to France for the G7 summit in Biarritz, however, denied the information, which he called “fake news” in a tweet. “The story of Axios that President Trump wanted to blow big hurricanes with nuclear weapons before they reach the coast is ridiculous. I never said that. Just one more FAKE NEWS! “Says the US president in his message.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2019
The idea is not new, says Axios. It was originally issued in the 1950s by a scientist who worked for the US government, under the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower. Since then, it has resurfaced regularly, although there is a scientific consensus that it would not work. The US Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) has a page dedicated to the issue. “Every hurricane season, it is always suggested that one should simply use nuclear weapons to try to destroy the storms,” NOAA said. Not only would a bomb not alter the storm, but the winds would spread radioactive fallout quickly to nearby lands, the agency added. “Needless to say, it’s not a good idea,” NOAA said.
According to Axios, Donald Trump had already asked for the first time, in 2017, whether his administration should bomb hurricanes to prevent them from touching the ground. In this conversation, the president had not mentioned the possible use of nuclear bombs, said the site. The United States is regularly hit by deadly hurricanes, causing catastrophic damage. In 2017, Hurricane Harvey was the most powerful in 12 years to reach US territory.