Trump threatens to go after NBC's license over report he wanted to ramp up nuclear arsenal

'Fake @NBCNews made up a story that I wanted a 'tenfold' increase in our U.S. nuclear arsenal. Pure fiction, made up to

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Donald Trump escalated his criticism of NBC News, threatening to go after the network's broadcasting license.

"Fake @NBCNews made up a story that I wanted a 'tenfold' increase in our U.S. nuclear arsenal. Pure fiction, made up to demean. NBC = CNN!" Trump tweeted Wednesday. "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!"

Citing three sources who attended a national security meeting in July, NBC News reported Trump's suggestion of a nuclear buildup surprised Cabinet members including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford.

NBC News has incurred the wrath of Trump's ire in recent days after a report last week Tillerson called the president a "moron" and nearly resigned. Trump denied the  story and suggested the Senate Intelligence Committee investigate "the fake news networks."

As Politico points out, the FCC licenses individual stations not networks though NBC's parent company, Comcast, does own a number of stations. Revoking a license, however, is extremely rare and can only done if "the station systematically violated the FCC's rules or lacked the requisite 'character' to hold the license," Politico writes.

This marks the second time already this week Trump has threatened to go after a business. On Tuesday, the president continued his crusade against the NFL, suggesting ending the tax breaks enjoyed by the league in response to continued protests by some players during the national anthem.

The NFL says it will discuss the anthem issue at an owners meeting next week, ESPN reported.

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