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

Trump, long obsessed with nuclear weapons, wants 28000 more

During the July meeting that led to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calling the president a "moron" - another piece of NBC reporting that the White House has ridiculed - Trump was shown a slide presentation that depicted America's nuclear stockpile diminishing during the past five decades.

Donald Trump said NBC should lose its broadcast license after the network's news division reported on comments he allegedly made about radically expanding the U.S.'s nuclear arsenal during a national security 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. That was the same meeting after which Tillerson allegedly called the president a "moron", something both Trump and the State Department denied him ever saying.

Huckabee's comments came hours after Trump tweeted: "Why isn't the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country tos ee why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!" We won't need an increase but I want modernisation and I want total rehabilitation.

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"The founders of our nation set as a cornerstone of our democracy the First Amendment, forever enshrining and protecting freedom of the press", NAB president Gordon Smith said.

"If I walked down this hallway and asked, I don't think I'd find one media person who voted for Trump, and he got 45% of the national vote", Rep. Dave Brat, a conservative Virginia Republican, told TIME in the Capitol Building on Wednesday.

Trump called the report "pure fiction" on Twitter.

The president was reacting to an NBC News report that he pushed senior aides for a major expansion of the US nuclear arsenal. I want it in flawless shape.

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The Trump administration has threatened to prosecute leakers.

Earlier on Wednesday, Trump tweeted other jabs at NBC. "There hasn't been a military mission that's required a nuclear weapon in 71 years".

Still, President Trump responded with fury. "Bad for country!" Several hours later, he told pool reporters that "the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write" was "frankly disgusting". "That's the only thing I have discussed", Trump said.

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