Trump brings NBC's 'license' into question after nuclear arsenal report

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday took aim at TV network NBC, suggesting in a tweet that the Federal Communications Commission revoke the broadcasters license.

The network said the president "surprised the military" by making a request for an nearly tenfold increase of nuclear weapons in a meeting over the summer, which allegedly prompted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to call Trump "a moron". The story also noted that at this same meeting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly called Trump a "moron" after he had left the meeting.

Further, NBC reported on Wednesday, it was after that meeting officials heard Tillerson say Trump is a "moron", a comment Tillerson and the White House has denied making.

Trump denied that he made the request.

In Twitter comments, Trump compared NBC's reporting to that of CNN, the cable news network that has often drawn his ire after it aired stories he did not like.

"I'm a person in the West Wing who's never actually uttered the words 'fake news, ' 'enemy of the people, ' 'opposition party.' I don't speak that way, '" Conway said during a talk at Fortune's Most Powerful Women summit in Washington, D.C. He said he simply wants the arsenal to be in "tip-top shape" and "perfect shape".

The president was reacting to an NBC News report that he pushed senior aides for a major expansion of the USA nuclear arsenal. Trump said his administration would "look at breaking that deal up", but hasn't followed through on the threat.

"If [Trump] were to increase the numbers, the Russians would match him, and the Chinese" would ramp up their nuclear ambitions, Joe Cirincione, a nuclear expert and MSNBC contributor.

According to the report, Trump asked for "what amounted to a almost tenfold increase" after being presented with a graph that showed a gradual reduction in nuclear weapons since the 1960s. But I want modernisation and I want total rehabilitation.

Some members of Colorado's congressional delegation voiced concern Wednesday morning at Trump's tweet.

And President Barack Obama's Department of Justice seized Associated Press phone records in what the wire service called "serious interference with AP's constitutional rights to gather and report the news".

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