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Trump Threatens To Revoke NBC’s Broadcast License Over Report He Wanted A Tenfold Increase In Nuclear Arsenal

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Trump Threatens To Revoke NBC’s Broadcast License Over Report He Wanted A Tenfold Increase In Nuclear Arsenal




President Trump on Wednesday fired back at an NBC News report that claimed he had asked the Pentagon to dramatically expand the U.S. nuclear arsenal, saying the news network was “bad for country” and threatened to pull NBC’s broadcasting license.

“Fake @NBCNews made up a story that I wanted a ‘tenfold’ increase in our U.S. nuclear arsenal. Pure fiction, made up to demean. NBC = CNN!” he tweeted.

Trump added: “With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!”

The news network on Wednesday reported the president’s request, which it said shocked top military brass and senior administration officials, was what reportedly led Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to call Trump a “moron.”

According to the original NBC report, Trump “said he wanted what amounted to a nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal during a gathering this past summer of the nation’s highest-ranking national security leaders.”

The president was reportedly upset by a chart showing that the U.S. has been reducing its nuclear weapons stockpile since the late 1960s.

Top military officials reportedly told him that such a buildup would not only be prohibitively expensive, but it would also violate international disarmament treaties.




“Not how it works,” tweeted Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democratic member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The Hill notes:

Television and radio stations require a license from the FCC in order to broadcast. They are issued to individual stations and local affiliates, not entire networks like NBC.

A 2008 commission document states that the First Amendment “protects broadcasts that criticize or ridicule established customs and institutions, including the government and its officials.”

It also said the FCC “generally will not intervene” in “allegations that stations have aired inaccurate or one-sided news reports or comments.”

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