Trump Called for Tenfold Increase in Nuclear Weapons

Trump Called for Tenfold Increase in Nuclear Weapons

Trump criticized a story from NBC News citing sources that the president told military aides that he wanted to increase America's nuclear weapons force "tenfold".

"Recent reports that the president called for an increase in the United States nuclear arsenal are absolutely false", Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said in a statement.

Donald Trump said NBC should lose its broadcast license after the network's news division reported on comments he allegedly made about radically expanding the U.S.'s nuclear arsenal during a national security meeting.

Trump's advisers, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, were surprised, according to the network. That was the same meeting after which Tillerson allegedly called the president a "moron", something both Trump and the State Department denied him ever saying.

President Donald Trump is renewing his feud with NBC News, and this time he's raising the possibility of challenging broadcasting licensing for broadcast outlets.

The White House has previously confirmed that Trump's tweets are official statements from the president. "I never discussed increasing it".

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"Fake [NBC News] made up a story that I wanted a "tenfold" increase in our U.S. nuclear arsenal".

Two officials present said that at multiple points in the discussion, the president expressed a desire not just for more nuclear weapons, but for additional USA troops and military equipment. Trump said his administration would "look at breaking that deal up", but hasn't followed through on the threat.

Trump's comments, the officials said, came in response to a briefing slide he was shown that charted the steady reduction of us nuclear weapons since the late 1960s.

Trump denied requesting more weapons.

While Trump's relationship with the press likely represent a new low among presidents in the modern era, there are parallels. The president reportedly remarked Wednesday: "It is frankly disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write". "Bad for country!" he tweeted. "If you want me to weigh in against one entity, you can ask the whole Virginia delegation - we won't hardly speak to the Washington Post anymore".

"I think the movement is towards opinion journalism as opposed to true, pure journalism that tries not to take a side", Rep. Mike Conaway, a Texas Republican, said.

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