Trump threatens networks: “Disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want”

Source: Los Angeles Times

“President Trump has threatened press freedoms before, but on Wednesday, he went a step further: suggesting that television networks lose their federal broadcast licenses for what he considers ‘fake news.’ The president, who made his statement in a morning post on Twitter, was provoked by an NBC report that he had called for a ‘tenfold’ increase in nuclear arms during a July meeting with national security advisors. … Trump’s latest tirade against NBC was triggered when it reported last week that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson privately called Trump a ‘moron’ and nearly quit the administration out of concern about the president’s behavior and policies. Tillerson denied he said that, after initially declining a chance to deny it. The network followed up Wednesday with a report on what Trump had said to prompt Tillerson to make the comment.” (10/11/17)