Trump threatens to challenge media's broadcast licenses

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

Trump threatens to challenge media's broadcast licenses

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President Donald Trump attacked NBC News after the network reported on Wednesday that Trump called for a tenfold increase in the US's nuclear arsenal during a July 20 meeting at the Pentagon.

The president was reacting to an NBC News report that he pushed senior aides for a major expansion of the USA nuclear arsenal.

Citing three officials who were in the room, NBC said Trump's response came when he was shown a slide showing the steady reduction of nukes since the 1960s. Trump indicated he wanted a bigger stockpile, not the bottom position on that downward-sloping curve.

NBC News has incurred the wrath of Trump's ire in recent days after a report last week Tillerson called the president a "moron" and almost resigned. However, after decades of global disarmament treaties (which were signed by every president since Ronald Regan), the stockpile of nuclear weapons has steadily decreased around the world.

And, according to NBC, some officials who heard the president's remarks didn't believe he was calling for a literal doubling of the nation's nuclear arsenal.

Nuclear weapons expert Joe Cirincione warned NBC News that Trump could easily launch a new global arms race if he were to start pouring money into nuclear expansion. I want it in flawless shape. When Richard Nixon was president, he "read a summary of each morning's news and then directed his staff how to respond, noting in the margins which reporters he liked and disliked", according to The Atlantic.

It's nice to see the mainstream media called out from time to time- and trusted media should celebrate any opportunities to back reporting with sources in the face of criticism.

His secretary of defense backed him publicly.

President Donald Trump boards Marine One on Friday at the White House.

First of all, the FCC doesn't really investigate allegations of over-the-air untruths.

The FCC issues broadcast licenses to stations. Markey also asked Pai to provide Congress with "information about any correspondence or communications from the White House or other members of the Trump administration that have encouraged you to take action against a broadcaster".

Does Trump want a Ministry of Truth? "It's frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write and someone should look into it".

Trump has received plenty of criticism from the left.

Even conservative talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh is really freaked out by the president's seeming disregard for the 1st Amendment.

While it seems unlikely that NBC stations would lose licenses because of presidential interference, Democrats in Congress expressed concern that Trump could succeed in attempts to infringe upon the freedom of the press. "That's the only thing I've ever discussed", he continued. U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, of Denver, said Trump's suggestion was very bad for the country. "They have their sources that don't exist, in my opinion they don't exist". "That scares the hell out of me". The President added that while the USA has "great strength and patience", its options for dealing with the isolated nation could soon run out.

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