Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump lashes out at NBC over nuclear aresenal report

Trump lashes out at NBC over nuclear aresenal report

President Donald Trump today questioned whether U.S. news broadcasters should have their licenses revoked, after an unflattering story about his nuclear policy which he decried as "fake". "Bad for country!" he wrote in a tweet.

After the story was published, Trump claimed in a tweet that the story was fake, "Pure fiction, made up to demean".

While Trump has long had an adversarial relationship with the press - which some have argued is actually a good thing for democracy - his Wednesday-morning Tweets mark an eyebrow-raising escalation that could be construed as an effort to neuter the nation's watchdogs.

The president's comments reportedly came during a gathering with national security leaders. NBC did not yet return a call for comment.

In response, a White House official speaking on the condition of anonymity told NBC that the nuclear arsenal was not a primary topic of the briefing this past summer.

Trump has issued a not-so-veiled threat to NBC challenging the licenses the Federal Communications Commission issues for its local broadcast stations.

This isn't the first time the president has blasted NBC News' reporting.

"My commitment to the success of our president and our country is as strong as it was the day I accepted his offer to serve as secretary of state..." "The vice president has never had to persuade me to remain as secretary of state because I have never considered leaving this post".

Trump has repeatedly used the term "fake news" to cast doubt on media reports about his administration, often without providing any evidence to support his case that the reports are not true.

Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News.

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