Trump threatens to pull NBC's license after unflattering news stories

Oct 14, 2017, 00:35
Trump threatens to pull NBC's license after unflattering news stories

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.

President Trump threatened NBC's broadcasting license on Twitter Wednesday for running critical stories about him.

"The MOST protected form of speech under by U.S. Constitution is political speech", Scarborough wrote.

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"Recent reports that the president called for an increase in the USA nuclear arsenal are absolutely false".

The first report suggested secretary of state Tillerson had emerged from the gathering calling the president a "moron" - they repeated that claim today too. 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. He then asked, "at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License?"

- John Schindler (@20committee) October 11, 2017Now we know why Tillerson called Trump a moron. The joint chiefs of staff and Tillerson pushed back on that demand, partly because any increase in the nuclear stockpile would violate worldwide disarmament treaties signed by every president since Ronald Reagan.

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Some officials present said they did not take Trump's desire for more nuclear weapons to be literally instructing the military to increase the actual numbers.

"Fake @NBCNews made up a story that I wanted a "tenfold" increase in our United States nuclear arsenal", Trump tweeted before he threatened NBC's right to broadcast. "Pure fiction, made up to demean", Trump tweeted.

Trump's "comments raised questions about his familiarity with the nuclear posture and other issues".

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The Federal Communications Commission issues broadcasting licenses in the USA largely to ensure stations don't trip over each other when transmitting.