Trump brings NBC's 'license' into question after nuclear arsenal report

12 October, 2017, 00:21 | Author: Joy Garcia
  • Trump, long obsessed with nuclear weapons, wants 28000 more

President Donald Trump weighed challenging networks' broadcast licenses Wednesday after NBC News reported that he pushed for a large-scale increase in the USA nuclear arsenal earlier this year.

Trump claimed that Secretary of Defense James Mattis would soon put out a statement calling the report "fake news".

Trump criticized a story from NBC News citing sources that the president told military aides that he wanted to increase America's nuclear weapons force "tenfold".

Trump denied on Wednesday afternoon that he ever suggested the United States increase its nuclear arsenal. I want it in ideal shape. We won't need an increase but I want modernisation and I want total rehabilitation. I want them in ideal condition, flawless shape.

His comments Wednesday afternoon echoed ones he made earlier in the day on Twitter.

Trump starred on the NBC reality show "The Apprentice" for several years before making his successful presidential bid in 2016.

Last week, Trump similarly blasted NBC News as "fake" after it reported that Tillerson called Trump a "moron".

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He called the report "pure fiction" that was "made up to demean".

The president was reacting to an NBC News report that he pushed senior aides for a major expansion of the USA nuclear arsenal. Trump wrote. "Bad for country!" Comcast, which owns NBC, owns several licenses in major markets such as NY and Los Angeles. Instead, licenses are issued to local stations.

For many Republicans, elected officials and otherwise, Trump's hostility towards the press has been a breath of fresh air.

"Under deregulatory measures that Republicans successfully pushed over the past generation, challenging a license on the grounds that coverage is unfair or biased would be extremely hard", the newspaper reported.

The White House has previously confirmed that Trump's tweets are official statements from the president.

Which came on the heels of a campaign season in which Trump threatened to sue the New York Times, suggested he'd target Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos, and pulled the credentials of outlets whose campaign coverage he disapproved of.

"It's frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write, and people should want to look into it", Trump fumed as he met his Canadian counterpart in the Oval Office.

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