Aug 28, 2019 - Science

Trump and nuking hurricanes: The aftermath

Hand pointing at a nuclear red button

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

President Trump tweeted on Tuesday night — for the third time — that Jonathan Swan's reporting on him asking if officials could explore using nuclear bombs to stop hurricanes from hitting the U.S. was ridiculous. 

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  • The article is meticulously sourced. 
  • Since we published, additional sources have corroborated our account.
  • The president made these comments in at least two separate meetings during his first 14 months in office. And on at least one occasion, they were memorialized in a National Security Council memo.

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  • We have found Trump officials accessible, even when we report things they want kept secret.
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