Trump threatens to challenge media's broadcast licenses

Trump, long obsessed with nuclear weapons, wants 28000 more

NBC early Wednesday reported Trump queried USA military officials over the possibility of increasing the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile by tenfold during a summer meeting.

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.

NBC had earlier posted a story alleging the president told a meeting of national security leaders in July that he wanted "what amounted to a almost tenfold increase in the US nuclear arsenal".

NBC reported Wednesday that Trump made the comments on July 20 in response to a briefing slide that showed a steady decrease in the U.S.'s nuclear weapons since the 1960s.

According to the network, Mr Trump had been shown a slide that showed the steady reduction of USA nukes since the late sixties, in line with post-cold war treaties. They briefly explained to Trump the legal and practical hurdles to a nuclear buildup, according to NBC News.

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.

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

- John Schindler (@20committee) October 11, 2017Now we know why Tillerson called Trump a moron.

Trump again called the report "fake news" and added that such an increase in the nuclear arsenal was "totally unnecessary". During his speech before the United Nations General Assembly last month, Trump made no distinction between the King Jong-un regime and the North Korea people and said his administration is willing to "totally destroy North Korea".

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

The Federal Communications Commission oversees the renewal of licenses for broadcasters. Trump said he wanted to have that same number now, NBC reported.

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