Over the weekend, it was reported that President Donald Trump asked U.S. government scientist about using nuclear weapons to stop hurricanes, a report the President now denies.

The story by Axios that President Trump wanted to blow up large hurricanes with nuclear weapons prior to reaching shore is ridiculous. I never said this. Just more FAKE NEWS!” the President tweeted Monday morning.

Axios reported that Trump had suggested the idea multiple times to officials at the Department of Homeland Security.  

One of the authors of the story, Johnathan Swan, tweeted, “I stand by every word in the story. He said this in at least two meetings during the first year and a bit of the presidency, and one of the conversations was memorialized.”

The president’s tweet came as he was participating in a press conference at the G7 Summit. He reportedly skipped the session on climate, although White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham filled in for him.

Although he is traveling abroad, his attacks on American news outlets have been relentless.

“Before I arrived in France, the Fake and Disgusting News was saying that relations with the 6 others countries in the G-7 are very tense, and that the two days of meetings will be a disaster.”

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