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NBC: Trump wanted tenfold nuclear increase; President Trump responds

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KHQ.COM - NBC News has released an exclusive story claiming President Trump wanted what amounted to a nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal as told to them by three officials who were in the room when President Trump made the request during a gathering this past summer of the nation’s highest-ranking national security leaders.

This morning President Trump has responded to the claims on Twitter saying, "Fake NBC News made up a story that I wanted a "tenfold" increase in our U.S. nuclear arsenal. Pure fiction, made up to demean. NBC = CNN!"

In a following tweet President Trump went on to say, "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!"


You can read NBC's full report here but it states in part...

"Trump’s comments, the officials said, came in response to a briefing slide he was shown that charted the steady reduction of U.S. nuclear weapons since the late 1960s. Trump indicated he wanted a bigger stockpile, not the bottom position on that downward-sloping curve.

According to the officials present, Trump’s advisers, among them the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, were surprised. 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 buildup. In interviews, they told NBC News that no such expansion is planned.

The July 20 meeting was described as a lengthy and sometimes tense review of worldwide U.S. forces and operations. It was soon after the meeting broke up that officials who remained behind heard Tillerson say that Trump is a “moron.”

Revelations of Trump’s comments that day come as the U.S. is locked in a high-stakes standoff with North Korea over its nuclear ambitions and is poised to set off a fresh confrontation with Iran by not certifying to Congress that Tehran is in compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal."

Read the full story here: http://tinyurl.com/y8vuwfwr

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