Trump says USA nuke force must be in 'tiptop shape'

Thursday, 12 Oct, 2017

President Donald Trump is renewing his feud with NBC News, and this time he's raising the possibility of challenging broadcasting licensing for broadcast outlets.

"Recent reports that the President called for an increase in the USA nuclear arsenal are absolutely false", Mattis said without naming NBC. "Pure fiction, made up to demean", Trump tweeted.

Last week, Trump similarly blasted NBC News as "fake" after it reported that Tillerson called Trump a "moron".

If implemented, Trump's proposal would "make Americans less safe, could cause another nuclear arms race, and would inflame tensions with North Korea and other countries", Martin concluded.

Comcast was down almost 1% to 37.31 in late trading on the stock market today.

Responding to a question about Tillerson on Wednesday, Trump said "we have a very good relationship". "It was soon after the meeting broke up that officials who remained behind heard Tillerson say that Trump was a "moron".

"I never said that", he said during a news briefing with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Arms-control experts maintain that an increase in U.S. arms would spur another arms race with Russian Federation and most likely China and could lead to other countries seeking nuclear capabilities.

Tensions between the USA and North Korea have intensified in recent months as the Trump administration has struggled to rein in Kim Jong-un's expanding nuclear and ballistic weapons programme.

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.

Discussing Trump's decision to get involved in the NFL/national anthem debate, Limbaugh suggested that the president should stop using Twitter as a personal opinion battering ram. Trump wrote. "Bad for country!" Comcast, which owns NBC, owns several licenses in major markets such as NY and Los Angeles.

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. Instead, licenses are issued to local stations.

The Trump administration has threatened to prosecute leakers. He's just shouting that it isn't true, from the bully pulpit of the White House, and suggesting that NBC should be silenced.