Donald Trump denies asking to increase U.S. nuclear arsenal by tenfold

Oct 12, 2017, 00:23
Donald Trump denies asking to increase U.S. nuclear arsenal by tenfold

As it turns out, Trump's comment on NBC was one more inaccurate tweet.

Last week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders assured reporters, "This is a president who supports the First Amendment".

"In suggesting that a broadcast network's license be targeted because of its coverage, Mr. Trump once again evoked the Watergate era when President Richard M. Nixon told advisers to make it hard for The Washington Post to renew the FCC license for a Florida television station it owned", The New York Times said in its report on the tweet.

During the race for the White House and again in March, Trump suggested that it might be worth loosening libel laws in order to make it easier for people to challenge inaccurate stories, Bloomberg News reported.

President Donald Trump has said he wants the United States nuclear arsenal in "tiptop shape" but has not asked that it be greatly expanded.

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. "Right now we have so many nuclear weapons I want them in flawless condition, ideal state".

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.

"Fake @NBCNews made up a story that I wanted a "tenfold" increase in our USA nuclear arsenal". The president reportedly remarked Wednesday: "It is frankly disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write".

The NFL says it will discuss the anthem issue at an owners meeting next week, ESPN reported. Mr. Trump tweeted. "Bad for country!"

Broadcast licenses have previously been revoked by authoritarian leaders including the late former president of Venezuela Hugo Chavez, who revoked a number of broadcast licenses of stations that displayed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

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. Donald Trump's statement is unambiguously un-American.