Trump threatens NBC broadcast licence

by Noah Mcgee October 12, 2017, 0:25
Trump threatens NBC broadcast licence

Trump said he believed the report of Tillerson's insult was "fake news" but nevertheless challenged Tillerson to an IQ test during an interview with Forbes published earlier this week.

The US Constitution is understood to guarantee press freedom, but television networks rely on access to broadcast frequencies granted by government agencies.

"No, I never discussed increasing it".

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.

President Donald Trump has said he wants the U.S. nuclear arsenal in "tiptop shape" but has not asked that it be greatly expanded. He said he simply wants the arsenal to be in "tip-top shape" and "perfect shape".

"People should look into it". "I've seen tremendously dishonest press".

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Trump's morning tweets came after NBC News reported that Trump purportedly told senior national security advisers during a meeting last summer that he favored what amounted to almost a tenfold increase in nuclear weapons.

He called the report "pure fiction" that was "made up to demean".

It was also reported, soon after the meeting ended, one of the officials heard Tillerson say Trump is a "moron".

While Trump's relationship with the press likely represent a new low among presidents in the modern era, there are parallels. "Bad for country!" Several hours later, he told pool reporters that "the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write" was "frankly disgusting". Two people familiar with the discussion said the meeting was unproductive to the point that advisers made a decision to continue the talks the next day at the Pentagon with a smaller group.

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. Schatz raised the possibility of the White House interfering with the FCC's affairs and questioned Chairman Pai about any inappropriate contact the FCC may have had with the White House. Donald Trump's statement is unambiguously un-American.


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