"The whole point of the First Amendment is to make sure the government can't stop speech before it happened and the government can't censor speech because it disagrees with what that speech says".
President Donald Trump said he wanted what amounted to a almost tenfold increase in the USA nuclear arsenal during a gathering this past summer of the nation's highest-ranking national security leaders, according to three officials who were in the room.
Trump was discussing a report by NBC News, saying it was fake.
Officials told NBC News that Trump was presented with a chart that illustrated the decline in the size of the USA nuclear arsenal, which now includes 4,000 weapons, during the summer Pentagon meeting.
As it turns out, Trump's comment on NBC was one more inaccurate tweet. Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad MORE called the president a "moron", and that Trump suggested increasing the nation's nuclear arsenal.
Trump has been a consistent critic of the media since the beginning his presidential campaign in 2015, but Wednesday's tweet marks the first time the president has threatened licenses granted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). I want it in ideal shape.
The article said after Trump saw the slide he said he wanted a bigger stockpile of weapons, not the bottom position on the downward-sloping curve.
CNN has until recently been the president's favorite target for accusations of broadcasting 'fake news'.
Such a move would abrogate key global arms control treaties and upend decades of non-proliferation policy, with deep ramifications across the globe.
"I want to have absolutely, perfectly maintained - which we are in the process of doing - nuclear force", he said.
"I am very uncomfortable with the president of the United States being able to dictate the behavior of anybody", Limbaugh said.
US President Donald J. Trump (R) shakes hands with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a meeting in the Oval Office.
The tweet threatening to revoke NBC's broadcast license is the latest in an ongoing war Trump has had with the press.
However, Nixon's threats were made in private, not for public consumption on social media.