Trump Suggests Challenge to NBC's 'License,' Calls Media's Free Rein 'Disgusting'

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was heard calling Trump a'moron after the July meeting where the president said he wanted the U.S. nuclear stockpile to grow back to Cold War numbers

Today, Donald Trump has threatened to do the same to NBC.

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

Trump called the report "pure fiction" on Twitter.

On Oct. 7, Trump tweeted: "More and more people are suggesting that Republicans (and me) should be given Equal Time on T.V. when you look at the one-sided coverage?"

The NBC report stated that some of Trump's key advisers were also in the room during the Pentagon meeting, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

In February, Trump said he was going to build up the USA nuclear arsenal to ensure it is at the "top of the pack", and said the US has fallen behind in its atomic weapons capacity.

"No. The press should speak more honestly, I mean, I've seen tremendously dishonest press".

Joe Scarborough on Wednesday called President Trump's comments about the press "unambiguously un-American", after the president suggested a "challenge" to NBC's broadcast license.

The tweet was one in a series from Trump in which he criticized the network for a story it published Wednesday stating he wanted to increase the USA nuclear arsenal by almost tenfold.

"Fake [NBC News] made up a story that I wanted a "tenfold" increase in our United States nuclear arsenal".

NBC News reported that top White House aides as well as Cabinet and Pentagon officials were present at the meeting and that several were surprised by the president's apparent lack of understanding of a range of national security and military issues amid a standoff with nuclear-armed North Korea.

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.

"We don't want the president being able to demand anybody that he's unhappy with behave in a way he requires", he added. "That's the only thing I've ever discussed", he continued.

US President Donald J. Trump (R) shakes hands with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a meeting in the Oval Office.

Broadcast licenses have previously been revoked by authoritarian leaders including the late former president of Venezuela Hugo Chavez, who revoked a number of broadcast licenses of stations that displayed stringent anti-Chavez views.



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