President Trump Mused About Revoking NBC's License. Republicans in Congress Cheered

Donald Trump NBC License Threat

News said the president called for the increase after he was shown a chart indicating the stockpile of USA nuclear weapons had slid from a high of 32,000 in the 1960s. "This kind of erroneous reporting is irresponsible".

U.S. President Donald Trump is denying a Wednesday report that he asked for a tenfold increase in the country's nuclear arsenal during a Pentagon meeting in July.

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. "It was soon after the meeting broke up that officials who remained behind heard Tillerson say that Trump was a "moron". Trump also tweeted: "With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License?"

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

"No, I never discussed increasing it".

Trump lashed out at NBC News over a report indicating that he'd called for a drastic expansion of the US nuclear arsenal. "It's frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write and someone should look into it".

After Trump's tweet targeting NBC on Wednesday, CNN anchor Jake Tapper replied to the president with a picture of the First Amendment.

"I want to have absolutely, perfectly maintained - which we are in the process of doing - nuclear force", he said.

Trump denied that he made the request. Comcast, which owns NBC, owns several licenses in major markets such as NY and Los Angeles.

Comments like the above, and actions such as threatening NBC's broadcast license in reaction to a negative story, have led some journalists and observers to question whether Trump respects the freedom of the press guaranteed in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

President Donald Trump's official portrait from Wikimedia Commons. The FCC issues broadcast licenses to stations.

As a businessman and candidate, Trump frequently threatened to sue news organizations over unflattering coverage.



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