Trump's denials about wanting to nuke hurricanes nuked by reporter
President Donald Trump. (DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro)

President Donald Trump has tweeted three denials of a report that he asked officials to look into using nuclear weapons to stop hurricanes, but Axios and its reporter stand by their claims.


"We stand solidly behind our reporting," said Jim VandeHei, the website's co-founder and CEO. "Before publishing, we gave the White House full visibility on the key details of our story, and more than nine hours to deny or push back against our reporting."

The original report showed Trump had discussed the possibility of nuking hurricanes at least twice in his first 14 months in office, and VandeHei said those claims were "meticulously sourced" and memorialized in at least one National Security Council memo.

Additional sources have corroborated that report since it was published, he said.