Trump threatens broadcasting licenses after NBC report

Now Trump says he still has confidence in his secretary of state and did not intend to'undercut him when he questioned his intelligence level

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.

Eleven minutes later, Trump tweeted a warning shot that appeared to threaten action by the Federal Communications Commission: 'With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License?

He then raised the question of challenging news networks' licenses saying the "fake news" is "bad for our country!"

Last week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders assured reporters, "This is a president who supports the First Amendment".

"No, I never discussed increasing it".

He called the report "pure fiction" that was "made up to demean". "Right now we have so many nuclear weapons I want them in flawless condition, ideal state".

Still, President Trump responded with fury. The president reportedly remarked Wednesday: "It is frankly disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write".

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 US troops and military equipment.

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.