Trump says U.S. nuke force must be in 'tiptop shape'

Trump, long obsessed with nuclear weapons, wants 28000 more

Joe Scarborough on Wednesday called President Trump's comments about the press "unambiguously un-American", after the president suggested a "challenge" to NBC's broadcast license.

Shortly after winning the election, Trump tweeted that America "must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes".

The request, which if acted on would violate decades of nuclear disarmament treaties and reverse longstanding USA policy, reportedly came shortly before Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the president a "moron".

He called the report "pure fiction" that was "made up to demean".

But Trump has ordered the Pentagon to review its nuclear posture, with the USA reassessing its nuclear assets in light of evolving threats.

"General Mattis put out a statement, or is putting out a statement, saying that was fake news, that it was just mentioned that way", he said.

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.

The comment was made during a July 20 meeting that included Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to NBC News.


"Fake [NBC News] made up a story that I wanted a "tenfold" increase in our USA nuclear arsenal".

The president has always been a critic of the media's coverage of him, often referring to stories about him as "fake news".

Donald Trump reacted angrily on Wednesday to an NBC News report that claimed he asked the top Pentagon brass for a massive nuclear arms buildup.

Under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the government is prohibited from making any law that infringes "upon the freedom of the press".

Speaking to reporters at the White House during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Trump said the report was not true.

The NBC report comes during a time of high tension between the United States and North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile programs, and just ahead of an expected announcement from Trump on whether to decertify the global deal on Iran's nuclear programme.

The Federal Communications Commission, an independent federal agency, does not license broadcast networks, but issues them to individual broadcast stations that are renewed on a staggered basis for eight-year periods.

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