Defense Secretary James Mattis put out a statement this afternoon echoing President Trump’s cries of fake news in response to an NBC News report saying Trump wants a “nearly tenfold increase” in the nation’s nuclear arsenal.
With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2017
Earlier this afternoon, Trump reiterated this criticism, saying: “It’s frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write.” He also mentioned Mattis would be releasing a statement about the imbroglio.
And minutes later, he did:
NEW: SecDef Mattis statement: “Recent reports that the President called for an increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal are absolutely false.” pic.twitter.com/XfwNLSEA9Y
— Dan Linden (@DanLinden) October 11, 2017
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