Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Medicine | By Rogelio Lindsey

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

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

The President's denial was buttressed by a statement from his defence chief.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis responded Wednesday to an NBC report that President Trump wanted to increase the US nuclear arsenal tenfold.

Citing three officials who were in the room, NBC said Trump's response came when he was shown a slide showing the steady reduction of nukes since the 1960s.

"Don't conflate 'revocation, ' which is taking away a license mid-term, with renewal, which is when a challenge could be filed", Georgetown Law lecturer Andrew Schwartzman, an attorney who specializes in media and telecommunications policy, told Ars today. "That was just fake news by NBC", he said.

President Donald Trump has said he wants the United States nuclear arsenal in "tiptop shape" but has not asked that it be greatly expanded.

Exercise your right to vote. "NBC = CNN!" Trump tweeted. "And you have a responsibility to tell the truth, to be accurate".

The Federal Communications Commission issues broadcasting licenses in the U.S. largely to ensure stations don't trip over each other when transmitting. "Pure fiction, made up to demean", Trump tweeted. "And people should look into it", the president added.

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

The rule - first instituted with the Radio Act in 1927 and then included in the successive Communications Act signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1934 - requires stations providing airtime to candidates for public office to provide equal time to all other candidates for that office. "I don't want to stoop to his level, saying this is disgusting that he has this disregard for the press, but I will say it's disappointing".

Trump has voiced inconsistent opinions on the nuclear arsenal, at one point expressing a desire to "greatly strengthen and expand [US] nuclear capability" and in other instances insisting he does not think the arsenal should grow in size.

The threat provoked widespread anger on social media and elsewhere with many attacking the president for directly challenging the First Amendment, which guarantees the freedom of the press.

During the Watergate scandal, Nixon would go on to direct his staff to wiretap reporters, and his adviser Charles Colson suggested that investigative journalist Jack Anderson be assassinated, according to Medium.

Like this: