(Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump has several times discussed
with national security officials the possibility of using nuclear
bombs to prevent hurricanes from reaching the United States, the
Axios news portal reported on Monday, citing sources.
don't we nuke them? 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?" Trump
reportedly said during a hurricane briefing at the White House, as
paraphrased by the publication's source.
to sources, the officials present at a briefing were shocked by the
president also expressed this idea in a conversation with a senior
administration official, the publication added. A source told the
publication that in 2017, Trump has already talked about the
possibility of bombing hurricanes, but without the word "nuclear."
This was reflected in a note of the US National Security Council.
senior official said Trump's proposal was not a cause for alarm,
since the president's goal is "to keep a catastrophic hurricane
from hitting the mainland," which is "not bad."
White House did not comment on the report.
publication also noted that the idea to nuke hurricanes,
which cause major damage to US economy, was considered by the
Eisenhower administration in the 1950s. Then the idea was developed
by a government scientist. According to US National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration, the nuclear explosion will not alter the
storm, but radioactive fallout will cause major damage to the