On January 2, U.S. President Donald Trump sent the now-infamous tweet in which he asserted that his “nuclear button” was both “much bigger” and “more powerful” than that of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Two days later, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced plans to stage a livestreamed grand rounds (a teaching session for medical professionals) titled “Public Health Response to a Nuclear Detonation” on January 16.
During the grand rounds, speakers from the CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other government agencies will deliver presentations with such titles as “Roadmap to Radiation Preparedness” and “Public Health: Preparing for the Unthinkable.”
So, is this a coincidence? Or a scary omen that Trump’s tweet was more than just bluster?