Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump lashes out at NBC over nuclear aresenal report

Trump lashes out at NBC over nuclear aresenal report

Shares of NBC-parent Comcast dipped slightly Wednesday after President Donald Trump tweeted about challenging the NBC network license.

"With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License?" The tweets came after NBC News reported that Trump purportedly told senior national security advisers during a meeting last summer that he favored what amounted to almost a tenfold increase in nuclear weapons.

Trump's TV tantrum came after an NBC News report said he asked in a July Pentagon meeting for the U.S.to increase its nuclear arsenal tenfold.

After the story was published, Trump claimed in a tweet that the story was fake, "Pure fiction, made up to demean".

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Tillerson said during a visit to Beijing two weeks ago that the administration was "probing" for channels of direct communication with Pyongyang to ratchet down tensions, but Trump quickly undercut the nation's top diplomat, saying on Twitter that it was a waste of time. The President Of The United States is publicly questioning whether he can yank television networks off of the air who report things that he doesn't like. NBC reported that Trump's comments were in response to a briefing slide that was presented showing a decrease in USA nuclear weapons since the late 1960s.

Comcast did not immediately return a call for comment.

Officials reportedly were surprised by Trump's suggestion, but said no expansion in the nuclear arsenal was planned. Trump and the U.S. State Department denied the insult, though Tillerson himself did not.

In a tweet last week, he suggested Congress should investigate news networks for reporting stories he deemed "fake".

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