Trump Doubles Down On Threat To Revoke Network News Licenses

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Update (8:20 pm ET): Fresh off a rally in Pennsylvania where the president talked up the administration's tax reform plans, Trump has returned to twitter to round out a day of roasting NBC News by doubling down on his earlier assertion that the FCC should consider revoking the network's license(s).

Of course, as one FCC commissioner pointed out earlier, the FCC can't revoke a license for an entire network, only its regional affiliates.

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Update (2:40 pm ET): Defense Secretary James Mattis has come forward to vouche for his boss, telling the press that NBC's report is "absolutely false."

In an unusual move, he published his denial in a terse statement.

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Update (2:30 pm ET): Echoing a statement from the White House communications released earlier Wednesday, President Donald Trump clarified during a press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that he never said anything about increasing the nuclear arsenal by "tenfold" - like NBC reported early today, citing anonymous sources that reportedly were in the room with Trump at the time.

In response to a reporter's question, Trump said he never asked to increase the number of nukes. Instead, he was merely expressing his desire to modernize the nuclear arsenal. He accused NBC of maliciously attacking him, and suggested that it's a "shame" the press can print "whatever it wants" and that "people should look into it."

"It’s disgusting that the press is able to write whatever they want to write. People should look into it," Trump said. "When they said I want ten times what we have right now, it’s totally unnecessary believe me.

“I want them in perfect condition, in perfect shape that’s the only thing I’ve ever discussed.

"I want modernization and I want total rehabilitation. It’s going to be in tip top shape."

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Update (1:25 pm ET): FCC Chairman Pai has yet to respond to Markey's letter urging him to resist any attempt by Trump to revoke NBC's license, but one of his fellow commissioner has, clarifying that the FCC doesn't have the power to revoke the license from an entire network - only its affiliate networks around the country.

The more you know...

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Update (12:30 pm ET): Even though Trump has a widely acknowledged habit of not following through with threats issued on twitter, at least one Democratic politician apparently felt compelled to chime in. Democratic Sen. Edward Markey is calling on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to resist any attempt by President Trump or his administration to pull the licenses of NBC or any broadcaster over coverage.

In his letter to Pai, he said the comment was "inappropriate."

Duly noted, Ed.

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Update (10:10 am ET): Continuing the theme of attacking NBC for spreading "fake news" and hearsay, President Donald Trump in a tweet accused the network of making up yet another unflattering story about Trump and his relationships with his most senior advisers. He blasted NBC's report as a work of "pure fiction" invented "to demean."

And, ratcheting up his feud with the network, Trump questioned if it might be appropriate to revoke the network's broadcasting license, adding that the network's shoddy reporting is "bad for the country."

Trump has regularly feuded with the media since taking office and has threatened to revoke White House press credentials on several occasions. But the latest tiff with NBC intensified after the network published a story alleging that Tillerson called Trump a "fucking moron" last week

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Apparently, possessing the largest nuclear arsenal in the world isn’t enough for President Donald Trump. To wit, NBC News is reporting that Trump had asked for a nearly tenfold increase in the US’s nuclear arsenal during a Pentagon defense briefing in July involving several of the administration's most-senior officials.

According to the officials present at the meeting, Trump’s advisers, among them the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, were surprised by Trump's request, and quickly 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. In interviews. The president reportedly relented, and no such expansion is planned.

The description of the meeting was presumably leaked to NBC by the same sources who furnished the story about Tillerson’s now-infamous “fucking moron” comment. NBC reported that officials who lingered behind after the contentious July 20 security review heard Tillerson call the president a moron - suggesting that Tillerson made the comment in response to Trump’s "nuclear vision."

However, NBC clarified that it’s unclear which portion of the Pentagon briefing prompted Tillerson’s comment because officials who attended the two-hour session said it included a number of tense exchanges.

The revelation comes as the US and South Korea are bracing for North Korea to test more short-range rockets around the opening of the Chinese Communist Party’s twice-a-decade congress on Oct. 18. Trump also recently revealed that his administration wouldn’t certify the Iran deal, leaving it to Congress to decide if the country has complied with the terms of the 2015 multilateral Iranian nuclear deal.  

Trump convened a meeting Tuesday with his national security team in which they discussed “a range of options to respond to any form of North Korean aggression or, if necessary, to prevent North Korea from threatening the US and its allies with nuclear weapons,” according to the White House.

Several people who attended the meeting said they didn’t believe the president’s comments represented a literal desire for the military to increase its stockpiles of nuclear missiles, but instead were rooted in Trump's limited und nuclear issues. The remark followed a presentation comparing the US’s nuclear capabilities with those of Russia.

Two officials present said that at multiple points in the discussion, the president expressed a desire not just for more nuclear weapons, but for additional US troops and military equipment.

As NBC pointed out, any increase in America’s nuclear arsenal would not only break with decades of US nuclear doctrine but also violate international disarmament treaties signed by every president since Ronald Reagan, potentially triggering the first nuclear arms race since the end of the Cold War.

“If he were to increase the numbers, the Russians would match him, and the Chinese” would ramp up their nuclear ambitions, Joe Cirincione, a nuclear expert and MSNBC contributor, said, referring to the president.


“There hasn’t been a military mission that’s required a nuclear weapon in 71 years,” Cirincione said.

Of course, this isn’t the first time that Trump suggested the nuclear arsenal should be expanded. Before the inauguration, then president-elect Trump tweeted that the US “must greatly expand its nuclear arsenal.” It’s also not the first time that the president reportedly demonstrated ignorance about nuclear weapons policy. MSNBC reported that Trump once asked advisers why the US didn’t use its nuclear arsenal more often.

Trump tweeted a video of himself and Vice President Mike Pence leaving the Pentagon following the July 20 meeting.

According to NBC, the July 20 meeting was the second in a series of national security-focused meetings that reportedly left Trump’s military advisers feeling frustrated by the president’s ignorance about foreign policy issues.

That meeting followed one held a day earlier in the White House Situation Room focused on Afghanistan in which the president stunned some of his national security team. At that July 19 meeting, according to senior administration officials, Trump asked military leaders to fire the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan and compared their advice to that of a New York restaurant consultant whose poor judgment cost a business valuable time and money.


Two people familiar with the discussion said the Situation Room meeting, in which the president’s advisers anticipated he would sign off on a new Afghanistan strategy, was so unproductive that the advisers decided to continue the discussion at the Pentagon the next day in a smaller setting where the president could perhaps be more focused. “It wasn’t just the number of people. It was the idea of focus,” according to one person familiar with the discussion. The thinking was: “Maybe we need to slow down a little and explain the whole world” from a big-picture perspective, this person said.

The July 20 meeting was also attended by Vice President Mike Pence, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford, Vice Chairman Gen. Paul Selva, Undersecretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, Stephen Bannon, who served then as Trump’s chief strategist, Jared Kushner who is a senior adviser to the president and Reince Preibus who was then chief of staff. Sean Spicer who was then White House spokesman, and Keith Schiller who was Director of Oval Office Operations at the time, also accompanied Trump to the Pentagon that day.

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. Dana White, spokesperson for the Pentagon said “the Secretary of Defense has many closed sessions with the president and his cabinet members. Those conversations are privileged.”

However, White House officials say the president supports modernization of the US’s nuclear arsenal, and clarified that his concerns weren’t about having enough nukes, but about the fact that the US stopped investing in the program. 

Still, officials said they are working to address the president’s concerns within the Nuclear Posture Review, which is expected to be finalized by the end of 2017 or early next year.


“He’s all in for modernization,” one official said. “His concerns are the U.S. stopped investing in this.”

The Pentagon is currently undergoing the long-planned posture review. Modernizing the arsenal is a step presidents continuously take that doesn’t put the US in violation of treaty obligations, Cirincione said.

“You don’t get in trouble for modernizing. You do get in trouble if you do one of two things: if you increase the numbers. The strategic weapons are treaty limited. Two, if you build a new type of weapon that is prohibited by a treaty,” he said.

Officials present said that Trump’s comments on a significantly increased arsenal came in response to a briefing slide that outlined America’s nuclear stockpile over the past 70 years. The president referenced the highest number on the chart — about 32,000 in the late 1960s — and told his team he wanted the U.S. to have that many now, officials said.

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BennyBoy's picture


The US needs at least 10,000 more nukes than NK.

TheLastTrump's picture

Yes, let's get back to your raison de etre.

caconhma's picture

This orange-faced idiot is outright dangerous and must be removed from the office ASAP.

Jim in MN's picture

Fucking leakers need to be hung up by their toes for a while.  In front of the Pentagon.

Son of Loki's picture

NPR = Nothing But Propaganda

Oh wait a second...

National Propaganda Radio

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

I am starting to think that the same people who believe the MSM are some of the same people that are convinced the market will crash.  For the last 5 years!  Dumb, gullible and naive is no way to go through life.

tmosley's picture

NBC=Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Propaganda.

Glad to see Trump bringing out the big guns here. That spectrum would be put to MUCH better use providing wireless internet service.

Son of Loki's picture

Repent or Revoke!

End NBC.

They are seditious and toxic to our nation.

macholatte's picture


The networks NEED to be tortured for lying and abusing the first amendment and being nothing more than communist propaganda machines. I propose the following:
1. First offense of fabricating news = $100,000 fine.
2. Second offense of fabricating news = $250,000 fine.
3. Third offense of fabricating news = $500,000 fine.
4.  Fourth offense of fabricating news = $1,000,000 fine.
5.  Fifth offense of fabricating news = $1,00,000 fine each for network, each of the individuals on the board of directors, each producer participating in the lie, each director participating in the lie, each reporter participating in the lie, each writer participating in the lie and loss of broadcast license.

It’s possible that MSNBC could go full retard and hit the magic #5 in just one night.



OneStinkyDinky's picture

Who gives a shit about news agencies ... taxes, healthcare, h e l l l o o Orange


How does he have time to watch so much TV?

Bes's picture

because he's a fucking moron. 

he got caught saying some dumb shit

about nukes

and now it's fake news

calling bullshit on orange julius.


this is the same guy who thinks the MIC is underfunded

and needs more cash.


aliens is here's picture

Yeah somehow the "moron" got into the WH. I don't see you in the WH. You don't fit to shine my shoes.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

I don't think some of you understand. Trump is not the end. Trump is the beginning. Trump is a weapon created by young White men as they regain control of the country that was created for them.

The jews at NBC didn't care as White American Nationalists were selectively booted from the Internet to suppress their speech. In fact, they reveled in it.

This is a war.

And everyday is going to get worse and worse for the White haters.

OneStinkyDinky's picture

How many tiki torches you own? 


Be honest

tmosley's picture

TBH, it would be really neato if the spectrum for the all the TV affiliates was reallocated to wireless internet bandwidth, and the affiliates were given first right of refusal and allowed to transition into being ISPs. Much more valuable use of the spectrum if you ask me.

Slack Jack's picture

Don't be fooled into violence and war.

This article outlines roughly how people were fooled into the second world war:

Proof that Adolf Hitler was a double agent.

It seems pretty weird when you first read it, but its clearly true.

Slack Jack's picture

Don't be fooled into violence and war.

This article outlines roughly how people were fooled into the second world war:

Proof that Adolf Hitler was a double agent.

It seems pretty weird when you first read it, but its clearly true.

Small Business Guy's picture

I wonder if the rights to the spectrum that was GIVEN to the MSM are being included on their annual financial statements as "Assets" to the corporation.  If so, then why the hell are "We The People" giving away extremely valuable assets FOR FREE to private business interests?

Wouldn't that be criminal activity of the highest level for misappropriation of government assets?

I'd hope Jeff Sessions would have DOJ look into that, but I'm not sure he's even alive.

Got The Wrong No's picture

How many interchangeable douche bag, Sock Puppet, media Matters aliases do you have 3 weeker? 

twh99's picture

A supposed moron who is worth billions.  I wish I was that moronic.

Scar Bro's picture

I still believe there is method in his madness.

JRobby's picture

He says things straight up the way they should be said. This shocks these people that are used to lying 24/7 to everyone.

PrintemDano's picture

Thick as a brick, he never said what NBC claims he said, kay Jethro....?

Just Another Vietnam Vet's picture

 Put an  range on those fines for all the fake MSM news  !!!!!!!!!!!    Hell, there would be some pretty dry news real quick.


 First offense......$100,000 and up to ...............$1,000,000 fine.

 Second offense for fake BS news.....$250,00 and up to 2,500,000 fine.

 Third offense for fake BS news = $500,000 and up to 5,000,000 fine.

 Fourth offense for fake BS news = $1,000,000 and up to $10,000,000 fine.


Think of the Revenue for the US gov from just one story like the Russian Trump collusion stories !!!!!!!!!! 

Daily for over a year now.     10 M times 300 days....  thats real money even for CNN NBC.



Yog Soggoth's picture

Would go on in court forever except for open and shut cases. Hey, there are a lot of those lately! Carry on.

Rapunzal's picture

It's interesting how it's bin twisted and spun, so NBC master of fake news and propaganda for the deep state is using the 1st amendment to be held up. But at the same time they fighting the real news on the internet. Yep very believable

knukles's picture

Todja todja todja that Trump & Cie would eventually challenge the broadcast licenses of the MSM news departments.
Why not?
Propaganda, pure and simple.

They are not serving the public interest with falsehoods.  Period, EOC, QED


nmewn's picture

Damned straight, it's all fun & games in Progland when O'Bammy is throwing his shit around.

Now witness a fully operational Death Star  ;-)

SilverRhino's picture

That tweet was a nuke across NBC's bow.

nmewn's picture

Former President "Pen & Phone" needs to weigh in on this abridgement of press freedom immediately with some of his patented errr's, ummm's and ahhh's! Then advise The Don to go ahead and get search warrants for reporters parent's homes just for good measure! 

Shut up! Eat your peas!...LMMFAO!!!

El Oregonian's picture

I am starting to think that the same people who believe their own BS are some of the same people that are convinced the market will NOT crash. Dumb, gullible and naive is the way they go through life.

It is better to prepare 5 years too early, than to be 1 day too late...

So It Goes's picture

"Dumb, gullible and naive is the way they go through life."


They should have listened.  Fat, drunk, and stupid:

ATM's picture

NBC....isn't that the same organization that killed the Harvey Weinstein is a digusting pig/rapist fuck because he is a high profile leftist and donor to all the proper causes???


Fuck them and fuck him.

shovelhead's picture

The market will go up forever.

It has to. Mystery buyers are everywhere.

TheLastTrump's picture

Fuck the fucking Federal Reserve & all their enablers.

TheLastTrump's picture

They're part of a network that seeks to undermine US credibility & will to fight.


They think up 'memes' then begin broadcasting them at all the conspiracy sites (like this one). Soon after that, it's been repeated so often that it's now true.





GUS100CORRINA's picture

Trump Threatens Withdrawal Of NBC Broadcast License After "Fake" Tenfold-Nuke Story





JRobby's picture

Better get that dot head commissioner on the case

bluez's picture

I think Trump is very intelligent, but has significant limitations. He was able to get a B.S. in economics from the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, generally regarded as the top school in its specialty, where he concentrated in real-estate studies.

I am now convinced that he has to cope with severe ADHD (attention deficit), but people with that condition can be very successful. He probably takes handfuls of Adderall XR, and this ADHD probably explains his predilection to "tweet" all the time.

The big problem with Trump (aside from his 1950s outlook) is that he is the proverbial boy in a bubble. He knows absolutely nothing about anything except the high-end real-estate business. This would all be entirely different if he had attended a secondary school in, say, Switzerland, but as he was a (very) slightly wayward youth, his dad sent him off to an American "military academy".

He was born successful: Hot-shot athletes and lottery winners almost always go from riches to rags within two years, but people born to money almost never do that.

HockeyFool's picture

Wow, look at all the butthurt libtards JUMPING on the chance to post some simpleton's rant against Trump.

Who do you think cares about your comments here? Judging by the massive amounts of downvotes, no one.

Four chan's picture

strip the jew from its licence to promote degeneracy.

LoneStarHog's picture

Soon to be:  NBC = No Broadcast Credentials

TheLastTrump's picture



All the lying media are using video/photos of Trump and his administration that show them in unkempt or caught off guard poses. It's brainwashing. That's just visual aids. The words are even worse.


Anyone who parrots their crap is a mindless drone of VERY low intelligence.




True Blue's picture

Hmmm, you mean they aren't framing every single photo so it seems he has a halo? The 'news' has more of a 'left bias' than a NASCAR pit crew could dream of.