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Mattis: Report that Trump Wanted Tenfold Nuclear Increase 'Absolutely False' and 'Irresponsible'

Mattis: Report that Trump Wanted Tenfold Nuclear Increase 'Absolutely False' and 'Irresponsible'

We contacted Chairman Pai's office and NBC about Trump's tweet today, and we will update this story if we get a response from either of them.

Last week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders assured reporters, "This is a president who supports the First Amendment".

Mr. Trump said that NBC News' reporting is "Pure fiction, made up to demean" and compared it to CNN, which he has previously also criticized and labeled as "fake news".

Shortly after Trump spoke, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issued a two-sentence statement saying the news report was false and irresponsible.

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. Trump said he wanted to have that same number now, NBC reported.

Which came on the heels of Trump telling a rally audience that journalists are "really, really dishonest people" and "bad people", who "don't like our country".

President Donald Trump escalated his criticism of NBC News, threatening to go after the network's broadcasting license.

"Fake @NBCNews made up a story that I wanted a "tenfold" increase in our US nuclear arsenal". "But if he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests".

"No, I never discussed increasing it". If it did what Trump is asking, it would pretty much be an American Ministry of Truth.

NBC News has incurred the wrath of Trump's ire in recent days after a report last week Tillerson called the president a "moron" and almost resigned. I want them in ideal condition, flawless shape.

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

"I am very uncomfortable with the president of the United States being able to dictate the behavior of anybody", Limbaugh said.

Trump's threat to challenge the broadcast licences that NBC holds with the FCC for its owned-and-operated stations recalls President Richard Nixon's similar threats against the Washington Post's parent company at the height of the Watergate scandal in the 1970s. Donald Trump's statement is unambiguously un-American.


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