Mattis: Report that Trump Wanted Tenfold Nuclear Increase 'Absolutely False' and 'Irresponsible'

Mattis: Report that Trump Wanted Tenfold Nuclear Increase 'Absolutely False' and 'Irresponsible'

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday slammed what he said were "absolutely false" media reports asserting that President Donald Trump had called for an increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

Trump denied that he made the request. Trump said his administration would "look at breaking that deal up", but hasn't followed through on the threat.

Last week, Trump similarly blasted NBC News as "fake" after it reported that Tillerson called Trump a "moron".

After Trump's tweet targeting NBC on Wednesday, CNN anchor Jake Tapper replied to the president with a picture of the First Amendment.

"The Commission will investigate a station for news distortion if it receives documented evidence of such rigging or slanting, such as testimony or other documentation, from individuals with direct personal knowledge that a licensee or its management engaged in the intentional falsification of the news".

Comcast Corp, which owns NBC Universal, also owns 11 broadcast stations, including outlets in New York, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas and Chicago.

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Nuclear weapons expert Joe Cirincione warned NBC News that Trump could easily launch a new global arms race if he were to start pouring money into nuclear expansion. He's just shouting that it isn't true, from the bully pulpit of the White House, and suggesting that NBC should be silenced.

Discussing Trump's decision to get involved in the NFL/national anthem debate, Limbaugh suggested that the president should stop using Twitter as a personal opinion battering ram.

The President's denial was buttressed by a statement from his defence chief. Donald Trump's statement is unambiguously un-American. In confirmation hearings for Ajit Pai, we raised this possibility.

Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) wrote a letter to Pai today, urging the chairman to "maintain the FCC's charter as an independent agency and withstand any urges from President Trump to harm the news media and infringe upon the First Amendment".

Markey asked Pai to "publicly refuse to challenge the license of any broadcaster because the president dislikes its coverage". If it did what Trump is asking, it would pretty much be an American Ministry of Truth.

Officials told NBC that they were surprised to hear Trump focus on enlarging America's nuclear weapons footprint.

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