NBC recently reported that President Trump wants to boost America's nuclear arsenal nearly tenfold. Needless to say, the president was not pleased to be getting so much negative attention, calling it "fake news" and "pure fiction."
According to BBC, Trump said he only ever talked about keeping said arsenal in "perfect condition."
"No, I want to have absolutely perfectly maintained - which we are in the process of doing - nuclear force," he continued. "But when they said I want 10 times what we have right now, it's totally unnecessary, believe me."
NBC also earned some backlash from the White House after it reported that the secretary of state called Trump "a moron."
"It is frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write, and people should look into it," he said at the White House.
In a tweet Wednesday morning, Trump asked whether or not it was appropriate to revoke NBC's license.
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2017
Later that same day, he tweeted how "fake news" was bad for the public.
Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked. Not fair to public!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2017
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spoke out against NBC's story, saying it is "absolute false" and that "this kind of erroneous reporting is irresponsible."
But other Republicans are not so quick to jump to the president's defense. Senator Ben Sasse (Nebraska) asked Trump if he was "recanting of the Oath [he] took on Jan 20 to preserve, protect, and defend the 1st Amendment?"
The Committee to Protect Journalists called Trump's comment "a poor example for other world leaders."
The US owns 7,100 nuclear weapons to Russia's 7,300, according to the Arms Control Association.
Even if the president wants to revoke NBC's license, he would have to go through the Federal Communications Commission, which "issues licenses not to networks as a whole, but to local stations."