by Andrew BEATTY / Agence France-Presse
US President Donald Trump tore into the press and questioned whether or not broadcasters ought to have their licenses revoked Wednesday, after an unflattering story about his nuclear coverage.
“It’s frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write,” Trump fumed as he met his Canadian counterpart within the Oval Office “people should want to look into it.”
But the president — who has a historical past of being combative with the media — mentioned he didn’t wish to see formal restrictions.
“No. The press should speak more honestly, I mean, I’ve seen tremendously dishonest press. It’s not even a question of distortion.”
Trump was angered after NBC News reported he had requested to dramatically enhance in America’s nuclear stockpile, calling it “made up.”
His secretary of protection backed him publicly.
“Recent reports that the president called for an increase in the US nuclear arsenal are absolutely false,” Pentagon chief Jim Mattis mentioned in an announcement.
“This kind of erroneous reporting is irresponsible.”
The US tv community reported that Trump informed generals and safety aides over the summer time that he wished a “nearly tenfold increase” within the US nuclear arsenal.
“With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!” Trump had earlier tweeted.
The US Constitution is known to ensure press freedom, however tv networks depend on entry to broadcast frequencies granted by authorities businesses.
Jessica Rosenworcel, a member of the Federal Communications Commission — a authorities regulator — shot again at Trump on Twitter, saying that’s “not how it works.”
“Freedom of the press is a cornerstone of our democracy. Hope my @FCC colleagues can all be on the same page with respect to 1st Amendment.”
– ‘Perfect shape’ –
Citing three officers who had been within the room, NBC mentioned Trump’s response got here when he was proven a slide displaying the regular discount of nukes because the 1960s.
After the briefing, the secretary of state is alleged to have known as Trump a “moron,” though Rex Tillerson’s spokeswoman has denied that allegation.
Trump denied requesting extra weapons. “I never discussed increasing it. I want it in perfect shape. That was fake news,” he mentioned.
Such a transfer would abrogate key worldwide arms management treaties and upend a long time of non-proliferation coverage, with deep ramifications throughout the globe.
“Right now, we have so many nuclear weapons I want them in perfect condition, perfect shape. That’s the only thing I have discussed,” Trump mentioned.
As president and candidate, Trump has usually mused aloud about America’s nuclear weapons energy, saying there is no such thing as a level in having them if you don’t use them. (AFP)