Trump Called for Tenfold Increase in Nuclear Weapons

The tweets posted on Wednesday morning were apparently spurred by a report from NBC News that said Trump expressed a desire to increase the USA nuclear arsenal by ten-fold.

As Politico points out, the FCC licenses individual stations not networks though NBC's parent company, Comcast, does own a number of stations.

NBC also reported the national security assembly was the same meeting in which Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly called Mr. Trump a "F*****g moron" shortly after officials were dismissed.

The tweet threatening to revoke NBC's broadcast license is the latest in an ongoing war Trump has had with the press.

Comments like the above, and actions such as threatening NBC's broadcast license in reaction to a negative story, have led some journalists and observers to question whether Trump respects the freedom of the press guaranteed in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Both Bennet and DeGette are Democrats.

In a February interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, Conway bemoaned "fake news" coverage of the Trump administration and defined it as "presumptive negativity about us". These licenses must periodically be renewed.

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The pair of tweets came just before the president was scheduled to receive his daily intelligence briefing, according to a calendar the White House send reporters overnight.

The report comes as Trump is preparing for an 11-day trip to Asia, where he will seek to bolster worldwide support to pressure North Korea to curb its nuclear and ballistic missile weapons testing.

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.

Some officials present said they did not take Trump's desire for more nuclear weapons to be literally instructing the military to increase the actual numbers. Donald Trump's statement is unambiguously un-American.

Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) wrote a letter to Pai today, urging the chairman to "maintain the FCC's charter as an independent agency and withstand any urges from President Trump to harm the news media and infringe upon the First Amendment".

Markey asked Pai to "publicly refuse to challenge the license of any broadcaster because the president dislikes its coverage".

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