Trump threatens broadcasting licenses after NBC report
Oct 12 2017
The request, which if acted on would violate decades of nuclear disarmament treaties and reverse longstanding U.S. policy, reportedly came shortly before Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the president a "moron".
"This kind of erroneous reporting is irresponsible", Mattis said in a written statement.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed a report that said he wants to increase the country's nuclear stockpile by a factor of ten, accusing the press of making it up entirely.
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.
NBC owns and operates stations in major markets including New York City; Los Angeles; Chicago; San Francisco; Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; Miami; Dallas; and Boston. The FCC issues broadcast licenses to stations.
The news comes at a time when Trump is expected within days to declare that Iran is not fulfilling its obligations under a 2015 anti-nuclear-proliferation deal it made with the Obama administration.
During the race for the White House and again in March, Trump suggested that it might be worth loosening libel laws in order to make it easier for people to challenge inaccurate stories, Bloomberg News reported.