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

Trump, long obsessed with nuclear weapons, wants 28000 more

Trump, long obsessed with nuclear weapons, wants 28000 more

"With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License?"

On Wednesday, NBC reported that during a major national security meeting on July 20, President Trump expressed a desire to dramatically expand America's nuclear arsenal.

President Donald Trump said he wanted what amounted to a almost tenfold increase in the USA nuclear arsenal during a gathering this summer of the nation's highest ranking national security leaders, three officials who were in the room told NBC News.

According to the officials present, Trump's advisers, among them the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, were surprised. The article said after Trump saw the slide he said he wanted a bigger stockpile of weapons, not the bottom position on the downward-sloping curve.

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet said Trump was continuing "his effort to undermine the First Amendment and freedom of the press". "It was soon after the meeting broke up that officials who remained behind heard Tillerson say that Trump was a "moron". The joint chiefs of staff and Tillerson pushed back on that demand, partly because any increase in the nuclear stockpile would violate global disarmament treaties signed by every president since Ronald Reagan.

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"It's frankly disgusting, the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write", Trump said.

"No, I never discussed increasing it".

However, Trump took to Twitter Wednesday and denied the allegations, saying it's "pure fiction, made up to demean".

Trump's "comments raised questions about his familiarity with the nuclear posture and other issues". The Federal Communications Commission, which oversees broadcast licenses (for individual stations, not networks), is an independent agency in the federal government and is not required to follow presidential orders.

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