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?
NBC reported that Trump "said he wanted what amounted to a almost tenfold increase in the USA nuclear arsenal during a gathering this past summer of the nation's highest-ranking national security leaders".
He called the report "pure fiction" that was "made up to demean".
But Trump has ordered the Pentagon to review its nuclear posture, with the U.S. reassessing its nuclear assets in light of evolving threats. "That was just fake news by NBC", he said. "This kind of erroneous reporting is irresponsible", Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said.
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President Donald Trump said he wanted what amounted to a almost tenfold increase in the USA nuclear arsenal during a gathering this past summer of the nation's highest-ranking national security leaders, according to three officials who were in the room.
When asked by a reporter whether he believed that "there should be limits on what the press should write", Trump replied "No, the press should speak more honestly".
Trump has voiced inconsistent opinions on the nuclear arsenal, at one point expressing a desire to "greatly strengthen and expand [US] nuclear capability" and in other instances insisting he does not think the arsenal should grow in size. During a speech at the United Nations last month, Trump said the United States was prepared to "totally destroy" the North if necessary, and he derisively referred to dictator Kim Jong Un as the "rocket man".
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.
The FCC issues broadcast licenses to stations.
"Even if Trump is right and the story is completely invented, there is no basis under the First Amendment to ensure NBC loses its broadcast license, which would mean that it would have to stop broadcasting".