Trump threatens network's license after report he wanted to expand nuclear arsenal

NewsPoliticsTrump threatens to shut down NBC over this story Jack Peat

NewsPoliticsTrump threatens to shut down NBC over this story Jack Peat

As many commentators noted, Trump's musing about revoking a broadcaster's license was both startling in a country where freedom of the press is protected by the Constitution, as well as impractical given the way that the Federal Communications Commission regulates broadcasters. However, after decades of worldwide disarmament treaties (which were signed by every president since Ronald Regan), the stockpile of nuclear weapons has steadily decreased around the world. "Not #1", the president tweeted.

After the meeting in July, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson referred to Trump as a "moron", according to NBC.

In February, Trump said he was going to build up the USA nuclear arsenal to ensure it is at the "top of the pack", and said the US has fallen behind in its atomic weapons capacity.

As president and candidate, Trump has often mused aloud about America's nuclear weapons power, saying there is no point in having them if you do not use them.

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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. Really, the only thing the FCC ought to be doing is making sure that outlets aren't stealing one another's airwaves. "There hasn't been a military mission that's required a nuclear weapon in 71 years".

Does Trump want a Ministry of Truth? I want them in ideal condition, flawless shape.

Trump has received plenty of criticism from the left.

"It is contrary to this fundamental right for any government official to threaten the revocation of an FCC licence simply because of a disagreement with the reporting of a journalist".

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"I think the movement is towards opinion journalism as opposed to true, pure journalism that tries not to take a side", Rep. Mike Conaway, a Texas Republican, said.

She said that Trump's tweets about policy, public events, and legislative proposals are not covered enough, suggesting that other posts in his active Twitter feed receive too much attention. "That scares the hell out of me".

"I want to have absolutely, perfectly maintained - which we are in the process of doing - nuclear force", he said. "That's scary to me, even if the president is somebody I happen to like".

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