President Trump is not the only one going after “fake news” on NBC. Secretary of Defense James Mattis discredited a controversial NBC report Wednesday that said President Donald Trump demanded a tenfold increase in the size of the nuclear arsenal.
“Recent reports that the President called for an increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal are absolutely false,” Mattis said in a statement. “This kind of erroneous reporting is irresponsible.”
The NBC report suggested that Trump made this surprising demand and caused Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to call the president a “moron.” This response became another report by NBC that both Trump and Tillerson have deemed inaccurate.
The president rejected the NBC story as fake news and called NBC out on Twitter. He put the major network on the same level as CNN, a network Trump has continually attacked for their “false reporting.”
The president did not back down, he told reporters on Wednesday that NBC’s reporting and journalism was “disgusting.”
“It is frankly disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write,” he said. The president also added that a number of outlets are writing stories based on sources that simply do not exist.
Trump clearly said that he wants the U.S. to keep top-notch nuclear capabilities, but that a tenfold increase in our nuclear arsenal would be excessive and unnecessary.
So both Trump and now Mattis have taken aim at NBC News. Do you think their reporting is “fake?”