Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
World Media | By June Phelps

Trump threatens to challenge media's broadcast licenses

Trump threatens to challenge media's broadcast licenses

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday (Oct 11) denied a report from NBC News that he told his national security advisers in July he wanted to increase the country's nuclear arsenal by almost tenfold, saying he argued for its modernisation.

Trump's threat came shortly after he claimed an NBC news story about his nuclear ambitions is "pure fiction". "That was just fake news by NBC, which gives a lot of fake news lately", Trump said when asked about the article during a press conference.

Trump has often called for increased military spending, and on the day after the July 20 meeting he signed an executive order directing a review about whether the country's military suppliers could keep the military stocked during war time.

Comcast was down almost 1% to 37.31 in late trading on the stock market today. NBC News first reported the "moron" comment last week, then linking it to a separate comment Trump apparently made about Afghanistan.

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During his election campaign, Trump said that Comcast's purchase of NBC "concentrated far too much power in one massive entity that is trying to tell the voters what to think and what to do".

Arms-control experts maintain that an increase in United States arms would spur another arms race with Russian Federation and most likely China and could lead to other countries seeking nuclear capabilities. "I never discussed increasing it".

According to the network, Mr Trump had been shown a slide that showed the steady reduction of USA nukes since the late sixties, in line with post-cold war treaties.

Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) wrote a letter to Pai today, urging the chairman to "maintain the FCC's charter as an independent agency and withstand any urges from President Trump to harm the news media and infringe upon the First Amendment".

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During the race for the White House and again in March, Trump suggested that it might be worth loosening libel laws in order to make it easier for people to challenge inaccurate stories, Bloomberg News reported.

The White House has previously confirmed that Trump's tweets are official statements from the president. Instead, licenses are issued to local stations.

By saying he wants to modernize the nuclear force, Trump is referring to moving ahead with a plan he inherited from the Obama administration to develop, build and field new submarines armed with nuclear missiles; new nuclear-capable bomber aircraft and a new fleet of land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles.

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