US President Donald Trump has denied reports that he once asked for a tenfold increase in his country’s nuclear weapons, saying he just wants the arsenal to be in “tip-top shape.”
“We won’t need an increase, but I want modernization and I want total rehabilitation. It’s got to be in tip-top shape,” Trump told reporters.
Trump made the comments in response to an exclusive NBC News report on Wednesday that claimed he had surprised military commanders in July by asking them for a tenfold increase in US nuclear weapons.
It was after this meeting that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a “moron,” according to the report.
Trump reacted harshly to the report, dismissing it as “pure fiction, made up to demean.” The Republican president threatened to use his authority to retaliate.
“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…