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Trump told his administration to check if he can stop hurricanes with a nuclear bomb

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President Donald Trump’s lack of knowledge about science prompted another embarrassing moment when the U.S. president said that we should simply “nuke hurricanes” to solve the problem.

Another hurricane is headed toward Puerto Rico this week. The island is still recovering from being hit twice in 2017. Trump’s solution, however, wasn’t entirely thought out, however, Axios reported Sunday.

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“I got it. I got it. Why don’t we nuke them?” Trump said during a hurricane briefing at the White House, sources said. “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 source admitted to paraphrasing the statements from the president.

“Sir, we’ll look into that,” responded the briefer to the president.

Trump reportedly then asked how many hurricanes the United States could take as if the country was a ship floating in the oceans.

The person briefing “was knocked back on his heels,” according to the source in the room. “You could hear a gnat fart in that meeting. People were astonished. After the meeting ended, we thought, ‘What the f*ck? What do we do with this?'”

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Dropping a nuclear bomb would not only send nuclear material into the air, but it would also send it around the world through wind currents. It would also kill any fish or wildlife in the area and further pollute the ocean with nuclear material. If it was done over the Gulf of Mexico, it could make the entire area hazardous.

This wasn’t the first time the president brought it up either. Axios reported that Trump raised the question to a senior administration official and it ended up in a National Security Council memo in 2017. Trump asked whether they could bomb hurricanes, but a source said that the NSC memo didn’t say Trump called it a “nuclear” bomb.

The source said the president brought up “multiple topics, not just hurricanes. … It wasn’t that somebody was so terrified of the bombing idea that they wrote it down. They just captured the president’s comments.”

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Read the full report from Axios.


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Top South Dakota Republicans face investigation for appearing to be drunk during crucial coronavirus session

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Lawmakers in South Dakota are investigating whether or not Senate Majority Leader Kris Langer (R) was drunk during a meeting earlier this week -- a meeting that dealt with new legislation regarding the coronavirus outbreak, the Rapid City Journal reports.

Another South Dakota Republican, Brock Greenfield, is also under investigation for his conduct during the meeting.

"Langer and Greenfield oversaw the Senate proceedings from a conference room in the Capitol as lawmakers convened through teleconference to decide on a series of emergency bills for the coronavirus outbreak," the Journal reports. "As the Senate prepared to adjourn Tuesday morning, Sen. Phil Jensen, a Rapid City Republican, said he had heard Langer was intoxicated and had interrupted meetings in the House and Senate. He then attempted to move to create a disciplinary committee."

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‘Modern piracy’: Germany accuses Trump of stealing N95 masks it ordered from factory in China

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The German government is accusing the U.S. government of stealing N95 masks that it had ordered from a factory based in China that's run by American company 3M.

The Guardian reports that the German government claims that "200,000 N95 masks made by the manufacturer 3M were diverted to the U.S. as they were being transferred between planes in Thailand."

Andreas Geisel, the interior minister for Berlin state, said that the American seizure of masks that were set to go to Germany was "an act of modern piracy" and warned that continuing to take such actions could create chaos across the globe.

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Trump busted by own officials for lying about forcing GM to make desperately-needed ventilators as people die

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According to a report by USA Today, Donald Trump was not telling the truth when he told the American public that he was forcing General Motors to start manufacturing desperately needed ventilators to save the lives of Americans with severe COVID-19 symptoms.

The report notes that one week ago, the president stated that he would use the powers contained in the Defense Production Act to compel the automaker to start retooling and make the medical devices, however three sources within his own administration, speaking on the condition of anonymity said that "the government is still exploring its options and has not yet placed an order under the Defense Production Act for any of the machines."

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