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

Violet Powell
October 12, 2017

Conway delivered her comments shortly after Trump posted tweets criticizing NBC in response to the network's report that he'd asked for a tenfold increase in the US nuclear arsenal this past summer.

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. "But when they said I want 10 times what we have right now, it's totally unnecessary, believe me, because I know what we have right now". "I've seen tremendously dishonest press".

On Oct. 5, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump "is an incredible advocate of the First Amendment, but with the First Amendment, with those freedoms also come responsibilities".

"It seems to me he's reaching for excuses, reaching for ways to punish the media for stories he doesn't like", he stated. Further, they said Trump not only asked about more nuclear weapons, but also about increasing USA troops and military equipment.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

Arms-control experts maintain that an increase in U.S. arms would spur another arms race with Russian Federation and most likely China and could lead to other countries seeking nuclear capabilities. She said that "major measures" he's helped put into law-legislation that serves veterans and protects whistleblowers, for instance-don't get the media attention they deserve. He then asked, "at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License?"

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In the same interview, Conway apologized for a bit of fake news she created on her own: The "Bowling Green massacre", a nonexistent terror attack Conway used as justification for Trump's travel bans.

Trump - a president who's quick to shout "fake news!". Mr. Trump tweeted. "Bad for country!"

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

"Trump indicated he wanted a bigger stockpile, not the bottom position on that downward-sloping curve", NBC News reported, adding that those present were surprised by the request.

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 worldwide deal on Iran's nuclear programme.

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