Trump warns 'disgusting' press after nuclear policy report

Laura Christensen
October 12, 2017

The network said the president "surprised the military" by making a request for an nearly tenfold increase of nuclear weapons in a meeting over the summer, which allegedly prompted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to call Trump "a moron".

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet, released the following statement today after President Donald Trump threatened to challenge NBC's broadcast license.

"It's frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write", Trump said, adding that "people should look into it".

Trump said that, in his opinion, the press was making up their anonymous sources.

"It seems to me he's reaching for excuses, reaching for ways to punish the media for stories he doesn't like", he stated.

Trump said he has never discussed increasing the number of nuclear weapons the US has.

NBC News reported that Trump told his top generals that the USA military's nuclear arsenal should be beefed up by a factor of ten, an observation that shocked senior military officers.

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Data showed USA output reached 9.56 million barrels per day in the final week of September, its highest level since July 2015. He also said that that Riyadh is "eager to continue the positive cooperation between our nations in the world oil market".

Trump denied that he made the request.

America's overall military firepower, they said - which includes nuclear, conventional and next-generation weaponry - has left the USA better positioned for national defense than at the end of the Cold War, when the nuclear piece of the puzzle was larger than today's.

He followed with a second tweet calling NBC News "bad for (the) country". "NBC = CNN!" he tweeted earlier Wednesday morning.

The report comes as Trump is preparing for an 11-day trip to Asia, where he will seek to bolster worldwide support to pressure North Korea to curb its nuclear and ballistic missile weapons testing.

He continued, "With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License?" The president has regularly complained about news coverage he believes is unfairly critical by labeling the stories, news outlets and even reporters as "fake news".

The NBC report comes during a time of high tension between the United States and North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile programs, and just ahead of an expected announcement from Trump on whether to decertify the global deal on Iran's nuclear programme.

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