Donald Trump threatens NBC TV licences after story on nuclear buildup
Washington: President Donald Trump questioned whether Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licences should be taken from NBC television stations after the network published a story on Wednesday saying he had sought a large increase in the US nuclear arsenal.
Trump denied the report in a Twitter post. NBC said that Trump made his remarks about the arsenal at a meeting with his national security advisers on 20 July, and that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called him a “moron” after he left.
“Fake @NBCNews made up a story that I wanted a ‘tenfold’ increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Pure fiction, made up to demean. NBC=CNN,” he said in a tweet.
Subsequently, he raised the prospect of withdrawing FCC licences. NBC is owned by Comcast Corp.
“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!” he said.
The FCC issues licences to owners of television stations, which must be periodically renewed. Comcast owns 10 NBC stations, including in New York and Los Angeles, and it said in a filing this year that “substantially all of our broadcast television station licenses have pending applications for renewal.”