Sen. Schatz on Trump's Threat to NBC

President Donald Trump weighed challenging networks' broadcast licenses Wednesday after NBC News reported that he pushed for a large-scale increase in the US nuclear arsenal earlier this year.

The FCC is an independent U.S. agency that issues spectrum licenses to television broadcasters.

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

The White House counselor claimed Wednesday she avoids the President Trump term that she has, in fact, repeatedly used in tweets and TV interviews attacking the media. The notion of a leftward slant in the US mainstream media is nothing novel - Barry Goldwater's campaign was deprecating the "Eastern Liberal Press" back in 1964 - but many conservatives believe this bias has reached a fever pitch over the last few years: particularly with regard to Trump. "Bad for country!" Trump said.

Both Bennet and DeGette are Democrats.

This morning, President Donald Trump once again took aim at the mainstream media via Twitter over a story he didn't like.

Trump denied that he made the request. The Los Angeles Times reported that NBC and other networks don't hold licenses that cover their entire networks. The FCC issues broadcast licenses to stations.

President Donald Trump boards Marine One on Friday at the White House. These licenses must periodically be renewed.

During his election campaign, Trump said that Comcast's purchase of NBC "concentrated far too much power in one massive entity that is trying to tell the voters what to think and what to do". "And people should look into it", the president added.

The report comes as Trump is preparing for an 11-day trip to Asia, where he will seek to bolster global support to pressure North Korea to curb its nuclear and ballistic missile weapons testing. In confirmation hearings for Ajit Pai, we raised this possibility. Markey also called the president's challenge of a broadcaster's license "inappropriate".

"Any insinuation that elected officials could use the levers of government to control or sensor the news media would represent a startling degradation of the freedom of press", Markey also said in his letter to Pai.