President Trump on Wednesday said it is “disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write” during remarks from the Oval Office, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sitting by his side.
Trump was asked about a report from NBC News that claimed he’d sought to dramatically expand the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Trump called the report “fake news” and said a ten-fold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal would be “totally unnecessary” and that he merely wants U.S. weapons programs to be in “tip top shape.” “It is frankly disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write,” Trump said. When asked, he said “no,” he would not seek to limit what the press writes. “The press should speak more honestly,” he said, according to the White House pool report. “I’ve seen tremendously dishonest press. It’s not even a question of distortion. Like the question that was just asked before about 10 times the nuclear capablity. I know the capability we have, believe me, and it is awesome. It is massive. 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, the don’t exist. They make up the sources. There are no sources.” Trump’s remarks follow a series of tweets in which he suggested pulling NBC’s broadcasting license.