On Wednesday, NBC reported that during a major national security meeting on July 20, President Trump expressed a desire to dramatically expand America's nuclear arsenal.
The same morning that President Trump tweeted again about "fake news", one of his top advisors said she never uses the term.
After the meeting in July, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson referred to Trump as a "moron", according to NBC.
"Trump indicated he wanted a bigger stockpile, not the bottom position on that downward-sloping curve", NBC reported.
"With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License?" 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 build-up.
Trump's comments, the officials said, came in response to a briefing slide he was shown that charted the steady reduction of US nuclear weapons since the late 1960s. However, after decades of worldwide disarmament treaties (which were signed by every president since Ronald Regan), the stockpile of nuclear weapons has steadily decreased around the world. I want them in ideal condition, flawless shape.
"Fake @NBCNews made up a story that I wanted a "tenfold" increase in our USA nuclear arsenal", Trump tweeted before he threatened NBC's right to broadcast.
Mr. Trump made the comment during an interview with Forbes magazine while responding to unverified claims that the Secretary of State had called the president a "moron". The Federal Communications Commission, which oversees broadcast licenses (for individual stations, not networks), is an independent agency in the federal government and is not required to follow presidential orders.