President Donald Trump today questioned whether USA news broadcasters should have their licenses revoked, after an unflattering story about his nuclear policy which he decried as "fake". "Bad for country!" Trump tweeted.
The context here is that NBC News reported first that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had called Trump a "fucking moron", setting off a week's worth of coverage of internal administration chaos, and then today reported that what set Tillerson off was a Trump request to increase the size of the U.S. nuclear arsenal tenfold. Pure fiction, made up to demean.
Tillerson said during a visit to Beijing two weeks ago that the administration was "probing" for channels of direct communication with Pyongyang to ratchet down tensions, but Trump quickly undercut the nation's top diplomat, saying on Twitter that it was a waste of time.
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.
"Trump indicated he wanted a bigger stockpile, not the bottom position on that downward-sloping curve", NBC News reported.
Comcast did not immediately return a call for comment.
Another day, another casual threat from the president of the United States to abuse the powers of his office in order to stymie reporting that he doesn't like. It's unclear how Trump's suggestion would work, as only television stations are subject to FCC licensing, not the networks. Pentagon spokesperson Dana White told NBC "the secretary of defense has many closed sessions with the president and his cabinet members. There is much to be done, and we're just getting started", Tillerson said last week.
Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News.