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

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday slammed what he said were "absolutely false" media reports asserting that President Donald Trump had called for an increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

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.

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.

The White House counselor claimed Wednesday she avoids the President Trump term that she has, in fact, repeatedly used in tweets and TV interviews attacking the media. Trump could try to pressure the FCC to take action, but the process is convoluted and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai hasn't publicly signaled any willingness to help the president fight his various battles against news organizations.

"Trump is continually tweeting, and I know what he's doing and I understand why he's doing it, and his motives are pure".

Both Bennet and DeGette are Democrats. Comcast, which owns NBC, owns several licenses in major markets such as NY and Los Angeles. He's just shouting that it isn't true, from the bully pulpit of the White House, and suggesting that NBC should be silenced. Instead, licenses are issued to local stations. These licenses must periodically be renewed.

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For many Republicans, elected officials and otherwise, Trump's hostility towards the press has been a breath of fresh air.

On Oct. 7, Trump tweeted: "More and more people are suggesting that Republicans (and me) should be given Equal Time on T.V. when you look at the one-sided coverage?"

"No. The press should speak more honestly, I mean, I've seen tremendously dishonest press". Donald Trump's statement is unambiguously un-American.

Markey asked Pai to "publicly refuse to challenge the license of any broadcaster because the president dislikes its coverage".

"Any insinuation that elected officials could use the levers of government to control or sensor the news media would represent a startling degradation of the freedom of press", Markey also said in his letter to Pai.

  • Ismael Montgomery