If the United States were to increase its nuclear arsenal, that could break with years of doctrine and violate global disarmament treaties that have been signed over the years by every president since the late Ronald Reagan.
Mattis, along with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other high-ranking administration officials, attended that meeting where the presentation reportedly happened.
"Recent reports that the President called for an increase in the USA nuclear arsenal are absolutely false".
The threat provoked widespread anger on social media and elsewhere with many attacking the president for directly challenging the First Amendment, which guarantees the freedom of the press.
First of all, the FCC doesn't really investigate allegations of over-the-air untruths.
Indeed, Trump's threat seems rather hard to carry out given the Federal Communications Commission does not directly license networks. But that's a different story. "There hasn't been a military mission that's required a nuclear weapon in 71 years".
It sure sounds like he does. I want it in ideal shape.
Trump has received plenty of criticism from the left.
"It is contrary to this fundamental right for any government official to threaten the revocation of an FCC license simply because of a disagreement with the reporting of a journalist".
Discussing Trump's decision to get involved in the NFL/national anthem debate, Limbaugh suggested that the president should stop using Twitter as a personal opinion battering ram.
Earlier on Wednesday, Trump tweeted other jabs at NBC.
An Associated Press analysis of Trump's relationship with the press in February quoted historian Douglas Brinkley as saying Trump is executing a "holistic jihad" against the news media of a kind that's never been seen. "That scares the hell out of me". "If you want me to weigh in against one entity, you can ask the whole Virginia delegation - we won't hardly speak to the Washington Post anymore".