"Trump indicated he wanted a bigger stockpile, not the bottom position on that downward-sloping curve", NBC reported. They briefly explained to Trump the legal and practical hurdles to a nuclear buildup, according to NBCNews.
"General Mattis put out a statement, or is putting out a statement, saying that was fake news, that it was just mentioned that way", he said.
The July 20 meeting came a day after another one that left national security officials stunned. At various points, Trump wondered aloud why nukes would be made if they were never to be used, wouldn't rule out nuking Europe, said that his strategy with regards to nuclear weapons is "to be unpredictable".
"The July 20 meeting was described as a lengthy and sometimes tense review of worldwide USA forces and operations", NBC reported.
The NBC report stated that some of Trump's key advisers were also in the room during the Pentagon meeting, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
"Fake @NBCNews made up a story that I wanted a "tenfold" increase in our USA nuclear arsenal", Trump tweeted before he threatened NBC's right to broadcast. During his speech before the United Nations General Assembly last month, Trump made no distinction between the King Jong-un regime and the North Korea people and said his administration is willing to "totally destroy North Korea".
Speaking at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit Wednesday morning, White House advisor Kellyanne Conway said she does not treat the press as an enemy and does not use the term "fake news".
The Federal Communications Commission oversees the renewal of licenses for broadcasters.
"The insanity and folly of this of course can not be overstated", the director for Disarmament and Threat Reduction Policy at the Arms Control Association, Kingston Reif, tweeted in response to the NBC report.
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