President Donald Trump is receiving some major ribbing for denying an overnight, well-sourced report that revealed he wanted to explode a nuclear bomb in the eye of a hurricane in a misguided attempt to destroy it.
“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!” Trump tweeted very early Monday morning.
Axios indeed reported the news, even getting a quote from an administration official praising the president for asking “tough questions” about nuking hurricanes.
“I got it. I got it. Why don’t we nuke them?” President Trump said during a hurricane briefing at the White House, Axios reports, citing a source who was there. “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 replied by asking incredulously how many hurricanes the U.S. could handle and reiterating his suggestion that the government intervene before they make landfall.
The briefer “was knocked back on his heels,” the source in the room added. “You could hear a gnat fart in that meeting. People were astonished. After the meeting ended, we thought, ‘What the f—? What do we do with this?'”
This was not the only time Trump pushed the idiotic idea.
A 2017 NSC memo describes that second conversation, in which Trump asked whether the administration should bomb hurricanes to stop them from hitting the homeland. A source briefed on the NSC memo said it does not contain the word “nuclear”; it just says the president talked about bombing hurricanes.
Axios quotes several senior administration officials familiar with Trump wanting to nuke hurricanes.
Many are mercilessly mocking the president for many reasons over his desire to nuke hurricanes, not only because it wouldn’t work, but because the nuclear fallout would be spread across huge areas of the globe creating massive harm.
Axios’ Jonathan Swan is pushing back hard against Trump’s attack:
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. https://t.co/5qs8o1k4QS
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) August 26, 2019
And here’s what some are saying about Trump’s denial:
I didn’t believe it until he denied it.
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) August 26, 2019
Says president who doesn’t believe in climate change, looked directly at a solar eclipse, and is a fucking dumbass.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) August 26, 2019
Coming from the guy who looked straight into the solar eclipse and thinks windmills cause cancer…
I believe it.
— Angela Belcamino (@AngelaBelcamino) August 26, 2019
They quoted your staff saying we like our president who asks the hard questions.
Axios doesn’t make stupid mistakes
— jmbler (@jmbler) August 26, 2019
Sarah’s right, it’s important to realize that Trump’s talk about nuclear weapons is NOT A NEW THING. He’s been fantasizing about using them for many years.
He’s attracted to nukes, in a very bad way. https://t.co/l5kkUflRz3
— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) August 26, 2019
Why is President Trump referring to himself in the third person?
— Ryan Hill (@RyanHillMI) August 26, 2019
Why are you speaking of yourself in the third person? (Is that you, @Scavino45?) @jonathanvswan brought receipts, referencing a 2017 NSC memo that memorialized the comments: https://t.co/nn5ne5dgON Does it exist? If you lie constantly, the public will stop believing your denials.
— Alex Howard (@digiphile) August 26, 2019
You definitely said it. You are exactly the kind of moron who would attempt to start a nuclear war with the wind.
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) August 26, 2019
So it’s definitely true, then. https://t.co/JRhZG12hTU
— Jeremy Duns (@JeremyDuns) August 26, 2019
— Okkie Tenggala (@okkie48) August 26, 2019
Trump is stone cold sober but all his ideas sound like something you come up with when you’re super high:
– we should just nuke the hurricanes
– how much would it cost to buy Greenland
– hear me out: SPACE FORCE
– fuck it let’s order 600 burgers pic.twitter.com/sCfPb5B2oi
— Dan Amira (@DanAmira) August 26, 2019
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Trump Facing ‘Very Unpleasant’ Jail Sentence After Michael Cohen Flipped Again: Former Federal Prosecutor
On Wednesday, NBC News reported that President Donald Trump’s jailed former attorney Michael Cohen is cooperating with New York City prosecutors as part of an investigation into whether the Trump Organization falsified business records.
On MSNBC’s “Hardball,” former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance told anchor Chris Matthews that the consequences for Trump could be serious.
“If it is the tail end of this whole operation of going after Trump, it seems to me the Manhattan DA, that’s a political office, this case could be a big case if you’re taking the president of the United States down into a criminal matter,” said Matthews. “The question I have, I guess, as a nonlawyer, is what’s the penalty for this kind of case?”
“So that really depends on how it’s ultimately structured,” said Vance. “If they were able to make some sort of a tax charge here, which we don’t know — we don’t know if they have tax records — we could be looking at a lengthy violation for a felony. It’s certainly not a misdemeanor.”
“The felony crime is a serious one, it carries a lot of collateral consequences,” said Vance. “But most significantly is the threat there is jail time involved, and any amount of jail time in the state system in New York would be very unpleasant for the president of the United States.”
Trump Ordered Staff to Force Federal Agency to Contradict Weather Forecasters Who Told Truth About Dorian and Alabama
President Donald Trump ordered White House staff to have the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration contradict federal government weather forecasters at the National Weather Service in Birmingham, Alabama.
Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney called Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross “but did not instruct him to threaten any firings or offer any punitive threats, officials said,” The Washington Post reports. “He simply told Ross that the agency needed to fix it immediately, leading to a new statement that was issued on Sept. 6.”
White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney ordered the Commerce Secretary to direct the NOAA to contradict the government’s weather forecasters so Trump could save face.
“The White House was directly involved in pressing a federal scientific agency to repudiate the weather forecasters who contradicted President Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian would probably strike Alabama,” The New York Times reports.
President Trump, asked by reporters Wednesday afternoon, insisted he did not tell Mulvaney to take action.
“No, I never did that,” Trump claimed. “That’s fake news.”
Some are calling for Mulvaney to be fired or to resign.
White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney called Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
Ross then called @NOAA and ordered them not to contradict Trump’s weather forecast for Hurricane Dorian.
All this to cover for Trump’s lies.
They should all resign.https://t.co/Wq56wHdK7W
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) September 11, 2019
No surprise that #Mulvaney just like Commerce Secretary #WilburRoss would threaten government employees if they did not cover up for #Trump lies – but no less culpable – they both need to resign or be fired given these disclosures about #AbuseofPower
— Shanlon Wu (@shanlonwu) September 11, 2019
Acting WH Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney instructed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to have NOAA support Trump’s comments on the threat of Hurricane Dorian to Alabama and contradict the National Weather Service (NWS), according to The New York Times
Can we get them BOTH to resign?
— Sabrina McDaniel (@Sabrina_McDa) September 11, 2019
Well then, Mulvaney and Ross both need to resign then. https://t.co/3mZNAmJyxD
— Susan Solomon (@SusanSolomon) September 11, 2019
Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, told Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary, to have the @NOAA publicly disavow the forecasters’ position that Alabama was not at risk. Mulvaney and Ross both must resign. #ResignMulvaney #ResignRoss #NOAA https://t.co/HJfG5Hp5Va
— Nancy Levine 🌊 (@nancylevine) September 11, 2019
Trump Dumped Bolton Because He Thought He Leaked One of the Wildest Stories About His Presidency: Sources
President Donald Trump fired national security adviser John Bolton by tweet, largely over their disagreement on holding peace talks with the Taliban at Camp David, but the president also had lost trust in his adviser.
Bolton strongly disagreed with Trump’s desire to meet with Taliban leaders and his willingness to meet with Iran’s president, but three sources revealed that Trump was angry at Bolton for another reason, reported CBS News.
Those sources, who were directly involved, said Trump was driven to distraction by his belief that Bolton or those close to him had leaked a story about the president asking whether nuclear weapons could be used against hurricanes.
Axios reported last month that Trump had asked senior Homeland Security and national security officials multiple times to explore using nukes to stop hurricanes from hitting the U.S., and they stood behind their reporting after the president denied asking about it.
“I got it. I got it. Why don’t we nuke them?” Trump asked, according to one source who was present. “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?”
The White House official assured the president they would look into that, but sources said aides were astonished by Trump’s question.
A National Security Council memo from 2017 shows that Trump asked about bombing hurricanes.
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