Trump’s tweets cause sales of anti-radiation drug to skyrocket

A Twitter battle over “nuclear button” sizes drove a flood of sales of a drug that protects against radiation poisoning.
Potassium iodide protects against absorption of radioactive iodine into the thyroid. Source: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A Twitter battle over the size of each “nuclear button” possessed by President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un has spiked sales of a drug that protects against radiation poisoning.

Troy Jones, who runs the website, said demand for potassium iodide soared last week, after Trump tweeted that he had a “much bigger & more powerful” button than Kim — a statement that raised new fears about an escalating threat of nuclear war.

“On Jan. 2, I

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