Donald Trump the Science Guy
August 25, 2019

President Trump, on more than one occasion, asked Homeland Security and national security officials to consider the following: What if the United States dropped a nuclear bomb inside the eye of a hurricane, disrupting it before it could reach land?

Several people who heard Trump's suggestions, and others who read about it in a National Security Council memo, told Axios on Sunday that Trump wanted officials to start exploring his hypothesis. During one meeting at the White House, Trump's idea stunned his briefer, who was "knocked back on his heels," an attendee told Axios. "You could hear a gnat fart in that meeting. People were astonished. After the meeting ended, we thought, 'What the f—k? What do we do with this?'"

Trump discussed the idea early in his presidency — and at one point also suggested using regular bombs as opposed to nuclear — and hasn't said anything since John Bolton became his national security adviser, Axios reports. This idea has actually been bandied about before, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it won't work because the explosives would need to have an exorbitant amount of energy to modify the hurricanes, plus radioactive fallout would spread with the trade winds, harming people and the environment.

While Trump's idea caught several people off guard, a senior administration official told Axios they didn't think it was strange at all that the president of the United States thought it would be wise to drop a nuclear bomb into the eye of a hurricane. "His goal — to keep a catastrophic hurricane from hitting the mainland — is not bad," the person said. "What people near the president do is they say 'I love a president who asks questions like that, who’s willing to ask tough questions.' ... It takes strong people to respond to him in the right way when stuff like this comes up." Catherine Garcia

June 7, 2016

Donald Trump isn't really one to elaborate on details or spend time on explanations — this is the guy, after all, whose actual strategy for defeating the Islamic State is basically "it's a secret." While that seems to be working out okay for Trump's foray as a politician, it might not work so well in other fields. For one, the sciences.

Still, psychologist Matt Crawford went ahead and imagined what Trump would be like as a scientist — and the result, published in the fake Journal of Complete & Utter Nonsense Talking, is a nerdy delight:

(Matt Crawford, via Twitter)

But wait, there's more: Crawford has also published a cover of The Journal of Complete & Utter Nonsense Talking ("a classy Trump publication") and a review of the study ("we will make research great again").

Anyway — might as well keep on running for president, Donald. Science doesn't really seem like it'd be your thing. Jeva Lange

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