President Trump took to Twitter Monday morning to blast a report that said he had asked his national security officials to look into the possibility of nuking hurricanes. Jonathan Swan, one of two Axios reporters behind the article, responded on Twitter, writing, "I stand by every word in the story. He said this in at least two meetings during the first year and a bit of the presidency, and one of the conversations was memorialized." That memorialized bit is ostensibly a reference to a portion of Swan's article where he references a 2017 National Security Council memo seen by a source that describes Trump as asking about bombing (but not nuking) hurricanes to prevent them from reaching America's shores. More:
- The idea has quite a history. The Washington Post recounts a October 1935 meeting of chamber of commerce executives from Florida. A hurricane had torn about the Keys weeks prior, and the idea they came up with to safeguard Florida from future tourism-killing storms was to try to bomb it before it got to the state. The idea went nowhere.