Mattis Denies Report Trump Asked For a Massive Enhancement of Nuclear Arsenal

Mattis Denies Report Trump Asked For a Massive Enhancement of Nuclear Arsenal

Mattis Denies Report Trump Asked For a Massive Enhancement of Nuclear Arsenal

Trump was angered after NBC News reported he had asked to dramatically increase in America's nuclear stockpile, calling it "made up". Further, they said Trump not only asked about more nuclear weapons, but also about increasing USA troops and military equipment.

This morning, President Donald Trump once again took aim at the mainstream media via Twitter over a story he didn't like. Officials briefly explained the legal and practical impediments to a nuclear buildup and how the current military posture is stronger than it was at the height of the buildup.

"Recent reports that the president called for an increase in the USA nuclear arsenal are absolutely false", Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said in a statement.

Trump denied on Wednesday afternoon that he ever suggested the United States increase its nuclear arsenal. We won't need an increase but I want modernisation and I want total rehabilitation. He said he simply wants the arsenal to be in "tip-top shape" and "perfect shape".

Conway's comments came the same day Trump launched into one of his fiercest rants yet about "fake news".

"Fake @NBCNews made up a story that I wanted a "tenfold" increase in our USA nuclear arsenal", Trump wrote.

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Mr. Trump said that NBC News' reporting is "Pure fiction, made up to demean" and compared it to CNN, which he has previously also criticized and labeled as "fake news". "Bad for country!" he wrote.

President Donald Trump is renewing his feud with NBC News, and this time he's raising the possibility of challenging broadcasting licensing for broadcast outlets.

The report comes as Trump is preparing for an 11-day trip to Asia, where he will seek to bolster worldwide support to pressure North Korea to curb its nuclear and ballistic missile weapons testing. Comcast, which owns NBC, owns several licenses in major markets such as NY and Los Angeles. The FCC issues broadcast licenses to stations.

"Under deregulatory measures that Republicans successfully pushed over the past generation, challenging a license on the grounds that coverage is unfair or biased would be extremely hard", the newspaper reported.

A cursory look at Conway's comments about Trump coverage debunks her claim.

Speaking to reporters at the White House during a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Trump said the report was not true.

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