The president is not backing off of his threat that NBC News should have their broadcast license looked at and possibly revoked. He is doubling down on his criticism of the network’s publishing of “fake news.” Trump called the network’s false reporting “disgusting” and said the press can “write whatever it wants.”
The president’s harsh words has one GOP Senator asking a pretty important question. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) is questioning whether President Trump’s claim suggests that he is reneging on his Oath of Office.
“Mr. President: Words spoke by the President of the United States matter. Are you tonight recanting of the oath you took on January 20 to preserve, protect, and defend the First Amendment?” Sasse said in a statement.
The Oath of Office the president took at his inauguration includes the vow to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” including the First Amendment’s press freedom guarantee.
Although Trump called NBC News “disgusting,” he later said that he had no intention to curb press freedom. Still, his comments created a frenzy from both the left and the right. The president’s comments came after an earlier suggestion that the government challenge NBC New’s broadcast license. This threat followed an NBC News report that Trump suggested the possibility of a tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Trump denied that he ever voiced a desire for this kind of increase.
On Wednesday, the president tweeted that news networks that report “fake news” should have their licenses “challenged and, if appropriate, revoked.” This is just the latest example of the president’s feud with the press. He has continually called out certain news networks as “unfair” or “partisan.”
Do you think the GOP Senator was fair to question whether Trump is recanting his oath of office?
Credit: The Hill