Trump wanted tenfold increase in nuclear weapons, says network

Trump said NBC News was "fake news" after the broadcaster reported tension between the president and US Secretary of State Rex Rex Tillerson.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet, released the following statement today after President Donald Trump threatened to challenge NBC's broadcast license. "It was soon after the meeting broke up that officials who remained behind heard Tillerson say that Trump was a "moron".

Huckabee's comments came hours after Trump tweeted: "Why isn't the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country tos ee why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!"

Last week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders assured reporters, "This is a president who supports the First Amendment".

"I never said that", he said during a news briefing with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"Fake [NBC News] made up a story that I wanted a "tenfold" increase in our USA nuclear arsenal".

"Right now, we have so many nuclear weapons I want them in ideal condition, flawless shape".

By saying he wants to modernise 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.

According to NBC, senior military commanders told the president that the sort of expansion he reportedly asked for would not only be prohibitively expensive but could also break with decades of US nuclear policy and potentially violate nuclear disarmament treaties. The most recent nuclear-posture review came in 2010 under President Barack Obama with the express goal of reducing weapons stockpiles. "There hasn't been a military mission that's required a nuclear weapon in 71 years". The president reportedly remarked Wednesday: "It is frankly disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write".

For many Republicans, elected officials and otherwise, Trump's hostility towards the press has been a breath of fresh air. Two people familiar with the discussion said the meeting was unproductive to the point that advisers chose to continue the talks the next day at the Pentagon with a smaller group.

  • Santos West