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

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

President Donald Trump said he wanted what amounted to a almost tenfold increase in the US nuclear arsenal during a gathering this summer of the nation's highest ranking national security leaders, three officials who were in the room told NBC News.

President Trump continued his assault on the "fake news media" on Wednesday - suggesting it is time to challenge the networks' broadcast licenses.

"The MOST protected form of speech under by U.S. Constitution is political speech", Scarborough wrote. 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. That came just over a month after Trump responded to a North Korean missile test by telling reporters that if the regime of Kim Jong-un issues further threats, the USA will retaliate with "fire and fury like the world has never seen". I want them in ideal condition, flawless shape. Officials briefly explained the legal and practical impediments to a nuclear buildup and how the current military posture is stronger than it was at the height of the build-up.

It was the second time in a week that NBC had referenced the July meeting.

The NBC report stated that some of Trump's key advisers were also in the room during the Pentagon meeting, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The US Is Leaving UNESCO - Again
Under the Reagan Administration, the USA quit UNESCO in 1984, at the time accusing the agency of a pro- Soviet Union bias. Netanyahu accused UNESCO of "becoming a Theater of Absurd because instead of preserving history, it twists it".

Trump again called the report "fake news" and added that such an increase in the nuclear arsenal was "totally unnecessary".

Mr. Trump made the comment during an interview with Forbes magazine while responding to unverified claims that the Secretary of State had called the president a "moron".

He followed up nearly immediately with his veiled threat to strip NBC of their licence.

The remarks are apparently referencing the Federal Communications Commissions' (FCC) licensing policies, which allow companies like NBC and CNN to use public airwaves to broadcast their programs. Trump said he wanted to have that same number now, NBC reported.

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