President Trump and the White House are not happy about some of the things currently being published, and stated that it is “disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write.”
Although Trump said that he is not actively seeking limits on what the press can write, people are upset that he threatened to pull NBC’s broadcasting license after they published a story that he said is false.
He’s also questioned why the Senate Intelligence Committee isn’t investigating mainstream news outlets for publishing “fake news,” and during the campaign discussed the need to “open up” libel laws.
The NBC story that angered Trump said the president had sought to expand the U.S. nuclear arsenal by a factor of 10, something he said was false.
According to the report, Trump’s proposal shocked top military brass, who were said to have informed the president that such a move would be prohibitively expensive and violate international disarmament treaties.
Trump was joined by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the White House when he said, “It is frankly disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write,” he continued, “The press should speak more honestly. I’ve seen a tremendously dishonest press.”
Trump may have been particularly annoyed with the story from NBC because the network, last week, reported that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the president a “moron” behind his back.
The new story suggested Trump knew little about the U.S. nuclear stockpile and capability.
“I know the capability we have, believe me, and it is awesome. It is massive,” said Trump, who described a tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal as “totally unnecessary.”
Trump said, “So when they make up stories like that, that’s just made up, and the generals will tell you that. And then they have sources that don’t exist, they don’t exist. They make up the sources. There are no sources.”
Not to mention, once a lie is out and doing damage, it is hard for the truth to make the amends necessary to fix what the lie damaged.
Should the media be held to tougher standards?