Pure fiction, made up to demean.
"The founders of our nation set as a cornerstone of our democracy the First Amendment, forever enshrining and protecting freedom of the press", Gordon Smith, the CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters and a former Republican senator, told The Hill.
If the United States were to increase its nuclear arsenal, that could break with years of doctrine and violate worldwide disarmament treaties that have been signed over the years by every president since the late Ronald Reagan.
He continued, "With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License?" Further, they said Trump not only asked about more nuclear weapons, but also about increasing US troops and military equipment.
Trump has been a consistent critic of the media since the beginning his presidential campaign in 2015, but Wednesday's tweet marks the first time the president has threatened licenses granted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
The report comes as Trump is preparing for an 11-day trip to Asia, where he will seek to bolster worldwide support to pressure North Korea to curb its nuclear and ballistic missile weapons testing. "NBC = CNN!" Trump wrote. I want it in flawless shape.
Such a move would abrogate key worldwide arms control treaties and upend decades of non-proliferation policy, with deep ramifications across the globe.
"And I can tell you who is going to win", Trump said.
President Trump conveyed his annoyance at the report in remarks to reporters after meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in D.C.
The tweet threatening to revoke NBC's broadcast license is the latest in an ongoing war Trump has had with the press.
In reality, a challenge to NBC's broadcast licences would be a lengthy process involving petitions at the FCC.
The news comes at a time when Trump is expected within days to declare that Iran is not fulfilling its obligations under a 2015 anti-nuclear-proliferation deal it made with the Obama administration.