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Trump vents over Axios report on hurricane nuking idea

President Trump on Tuesday again lashed out at Axios over the outlet's report that the president suggested using nuclear bombs to stop hurricanes. 

"Axios (whatever that is) sat back and said GEEEEE, let's see, what can we make up today to embarrass the President? Then they said, 'why don't we say he wants to bomb a hurricane, that should do it!' The media in our Country is totally out of control!" Trump tweeted Tuesday.

The president previously called the report a "phony story" that the "Fake News is still trying to perpetuate." 

Axios reported Sunday that sources said Trump has suggested the option multiple times to senior Homeland Security and national security officers. 

Axios reported that unnamed sources recalled situations they overheard in meetings or had been briefed on a National Security Council memorandum that recorded the president's alleged comments about nuking hurricanes.

Axios reporter Jonathan Swan tweeted that he stands by "every word in the story" after the first round of Trump's pushback. 

At the time of Axios's report, a senior administration official told the outlet, "We don't comment on private discussions that the president may or may not have had with his national security team."

Trump's latest tweet denying the report came after one of his Republican primary challengers, former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, sent a campaign email fundraising off of the Axios report.

"We couldn't believe our eyes, Friend. But yes, this headline was - in fact - real," the email to supporters said, with an image of Axios's Sunday headline "Scoop: Trump suggested nuking hurricane to stop them from hitting U.S."

"How does this make you feel about Donald Trump having his hands on our nation's nuclear code? Yeah, we don't feel so great about it either," he added.

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