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Donald Trump denies seeking almost tenfold increase in USA nuclear arsenal

12 October 2017, 12:38 | Simon Arnold

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

Trump threatens to challenge media's broadcast licenses

President Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested that he might challenge the licenses of TV networks that are critical of him, pointing to reports that he has categorized as "fake news".

In his tweet earlier in the day Trump raised the possibility of the broadcast licenses of NBC and other networks being challenged. "Bad for country!" Trump said.

However, Trump took to Twitter Wednesday and denied the allegations, saying it's "pure fiction, made up to demean".

The article said after Trump saw the slide he said he wanted a bigger stockpile of weapons, not the bottom position on the downward-sloping curve.


The story also noted that at this same meeting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly called Trump a "moron" after he had left the meeting.

Also at the meeting were Vice President Mike Pence, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford, Vice Chairman Gen. Paul Selva, Undersecretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, then-chief strategist Stephen Bannon, then-Chief of Staff, Jared Kushner, then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer, and Keith Schiller, director of Oval Office Operations at the time, NBC reports.

The remarks are apparently referencing the Federal Communications Commissions' (FCC) licensing policies, which allow companies like NBC and CNN to use public airwaves to broadcast their programs. After viewing the chart, Trump reportedly asked to grow the arsenal to 32,000, the number it reached at its peak in the 1960s. U.S. news reports have painted the relationship between Trump and Tillerson as tense.

The threat provoked widespread anger on social media and elsewhere with many attacking the president for directly challenging the First Amendment, which guarantees the freedom of the press.


"Fake @NBCNews made up a story that I wanted a "tenfold" increase in our US nuclear arsenal".

Trump has voiced inconsistent opinions on the nuclear arsenal, at one point expressing a desire to "greatly strengthen and expand [US] nuclear capability" and in other instances insisting he does not think the arsenal should grow in size.

While Trump's relationship with the press likely represent a new low among presidents in the modern era, there are parallels.

The NBC report comes during a time of high tension between the United States and North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile programs, and just ahead of an expected announcement from Trump on whether to decertify the worldwide deal on Iran's nuclear programme.


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