Trump Threatens NBC's TV License After Network Publishes Unfavorable Reports

Oct 14, 2017, 00:37
Trump Threatens NBC's TV License After Network Publishes Unfavorable Reports

Joe Scarborough on Wednesday called President Trump's comments about the press "unambiguously un-American", after the president suggested a "challenge" to NBC's broadcast license.

NBC reported Wednesday that Trump made the comments on July 20 in response to a briefing slide that showed a steady decrease in the U.S.'s nuclear weapons since the 1960s.

"At that July 19 meeting, according to senior administration officials, Trump asked military leaders to fire the commander of USA forces in Afghanistan and compared their advice to that of a NY restaurant consultant whose poor judgment cost a business valuable time and money", according to NBC's report.

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It was the second time in a week that NBC had referenced the July meeting.

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"The July 20 meeting was described as a lengthy and sometimes tense review of worldwide US forces and operations", NBC reported.

"Fake @NBCNews made up a story that I wanted a "tenfold" increase in our United States nuclear arsenal", Trump tweeted before he threatened NBC's right to broadcast.

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Trump called the report "pure fiction" on Twitter.

"The press should speak more honestly", he continued.

The remarks are apparently referencing the Federal Communications Commissions' (FCC) licensing policies, which allow companies like NBC and CNN to use public airwaves to broadcast their programs.

Trump's reported interest in massively increasing America's nuclear arsenal also drew widespread criticism, despite his denials.

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