No, that is not a joke.

Courtesy of The Hill:

President Trump has floated dropping nuclear bombs into hurricanes to stop them from hitting the United States in meetings with Homeland Security and national security officials, Axios reported Sunday.

According to sources who have heard the president’s private remarks and have been briefed on a National Security Council (NSC) memorandum, the suggestions were made during briefings on hurricanes.

“I got it. I got it. Why don’t we nuke them?” Trump said at one such White House briefing, a source who was there told Axios.

“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 added, paraphrasing the president’s remarks.

The source told Axios that the briefer responded with something to the effect of “Sir, we’ll look into that.”

Apparently, this is not the only time that Trump suggested bombing hurricanes, he did the same thing back in 2017.

The idea had been floated before, so there is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration which addresses the proposal.

It says the following: 

“Apart from the fact that this might not even alter the storm, this approach neglects the problem that the released radioactive fallout would fairly quickly move with the tradewinds to affect land areas and cause devastating environmental problems,” the sheet reads.

“Needless to say, this is not a good idea.”

There you have it, an explanation that any reasonably intelligent middle school student could probably have come up with on his own. 

And yet it will have to be explained in detail to the guy in charge of our country.