Trump wanted tenfold increase in nuclear weapons, says network
- Author: Megan Austin Oct 14, 2017,
Oct 14, 2017, 0:37
President Trump continued his assault on the "fake news media" on Wednesday - suggesting it is time to challenge the networks' broadcast licenses.
"Recent reports that the president called for an increase in the United States nuclear arsenal are absolutely false".
After being shown an image charting the steadily falling size of the US nuclear arsenal since the height of the Cold War during a meeting with top national security officials in July, President Donald Trump reportedly expressed support for a tenfold expansion of America's stockpile of nukes-a move critics said would spark a "global arms race" and dramatically increase the threat of a nuclear catastrophe.
According to the officials present, Trump's advisers, among them the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, were surprised.
"Trump indicated he wanted a bigger stockpile, not the bottom position on that downward-sloping curve", NBC reported.
Shares in Comcast ( CMCSA ) slipped after President Donald Trump raised the possibility of stripping broadcaster NBC, his former network, of its license following a report that he mulled a massive increase in the nation's nuclear arsenal. They briefly explained to Trump the legal and practical hurdles to a nuclear buildup, according to NBC News.
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During the height of the Cold War, the stockpile of nuclear weapons from Russian Federation and the US was at its peak due to an ongoing arms race. The joint chiefs of staff and Tillerson pushed back on that demand, partly because any increase in the nuclear stockpile would violate worldwide disarmament treaties signed by every president since Ronald Reagan.
"No, I never discussed increasing it".
Asked for a response to the president's comments, a White House official speaking only on the condition of anonymity, said that the nuclear arsenal was not a primary topic of the briefing. Pure fiction, made up to demean.
It was also reported, soon after the meeting ended, one of the officials heard Tillerson say Trump is a "moron".
The license Trump refers to is that granted by the Federal Communications Commission.