US President Donald Trump asked when it would be “appropriate” to challenge the licenses of American media outlets like the network NBC, which he accused of carrying a fake story about him.
Quoting three sources, the NBC report in question said Trump told the US’ “highest-ranking national security leaders” that he wanted “what amounted to a nearly tenfold increase” in America’s nuclear arsenal.
It also said Trump’s Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, was heard calling his boss a “moron” after the meeting.
On Wednesday, Trump complained in a tweet that the report was “pure fiction, meant to demean.”
Trump says that since he won last year’s presidential polls, media outlets have run several fake stories targeting him.
He routinely blasts networks running stories he finds uncomfortable – be it CNN, the New York Times or the Washington Post.
In March, Trump threatened to end White House Press briefings after a row over the ouster of former FBI director James Comey, even thought it was his press office that was at fault.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was then the White House’s deputy Press Secretary, first said Comey’s firing wouldn’t affect the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the US presidential election.
Then, she said Comey’s removal would hasten the investigation. But Donald Trump himself later said he’d fired Comey to ensure that “the Russian meddling investigation is done absolutely properly.”