President Trump slammed NBC on Wednesday, over a recent story reporting that he wanted a tenfold increase in the country's U.S. nuclear arsenal. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Donald Trump suggested challenging licenses for NBC and other broadcast news networks on Wednesday, a salvo that followed reports his own secretary of state had called him a "moron" after a discussion of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. "With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!" Trump, a Republican, wrote in a post on Twitter. Trump and his supporters have repeatedly used the term "fake news" to cast doubt on critical media reports about his administration, often without providing any evidence to support their case that the reports were untrue. Trump kept up his criticism of the media in an appearance with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday, saying: "It is frankly disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write." Any move to challenge media companies' licenses, however, would likely face significant hurdles. The Federal Communications Commission, an independent federal agency, does not licence broadcast networks, but issues them to individual broadcast stations that are renewed on a staggered basis for eight-year periods.