Former senior officials of the Trump administration revealed that former President Donald Trump would repeatedly ask his aides if China had a secret technology that could create large hurricanes to launch at the U.S.
Trump would then allegedly follow up with questions as to whether this would constitute an act of war, inciting a U.S. military retaliation.
In an interview with Rolling Stone on Tuesday, three anonymous former senior officials laid out some of former President Trump’s most outlandish statements regarding hurricanes.
“It was almost too stupid for words,” said one source, “I did not get the sense he was joking at all.”
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Another official said, “I was present when he asked if China ‘made’ hurricanes to send to us. [Trump] wanted to know if the technology existed. One guy in the room responded, ‘Not to the best of my knowledge, sir.’”
They added, “I kept it together until I got back to my office … I did not know where the [then-] president would have heard about that.”
Trump also reportedly suggested on multiple occasions that the U.S. bomb hurricanes with nuclear weapons, based on the assumption that a huge explosion could destroy tropical storms.
Former Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, who resigned from the Trump administration on bad terms after the Capital riot, said she did not overhear the conversation about hurricanes, but that it would not have surprised her.
“Stuff like that was not unusual for him,” Grisham remarked, “He would blurt out crazy things all the time and tell aides to look into it or do something about it.”
Former Secretary General Mark Esper also details in his memoir, which comes out today, how Trump asked about launching missiles to Mexico to “destroy the drug labs” and then, perhaps more shockingly, denying the U.S.’ involvement in the strike.
Despite the claims of Trump’s bizarre yet provocative statements, Trump continues to hold a tight grip on the Republic Party.
“Hillbilly Elegy” author and candidate JD Vance won the Senate Republican primary for Ohio last week after Trump’s endorsement boosted him to the top of the polls. Trump also helped ensure several wins in West Virginia with Rep. Carol Miller and Rep. Alex Mooney both winning the majority of the votes in their state.