During a press conference Wednesday, President Donald Trump continued his assault on the liberal fake news mainstream media.
The president, who was preparing to go into negotiations with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, took a question about a discredited story by NBC News that claimed he had asked to increase the U.S. nuclear arsenal to 10 times its current size. The story has been denied by the president and Defense Secretary James Mattis.
During the press conference, the president said:
"No, I never discussed increasing it. I want it in perfect shape. That was just fake news by NBC, which gives a lot of fake news, lately.
No, I never discuss—I think somebody said I want ten times the nuclear weapons that we have right now. Right now, we have so many nuclear weapons. I want them in perfect condition, perfect shape. That's the only thing I've ever discussed.
General Mattis put out a statement, or is putting out a statement, saying that that was fake news—that it was just mentioned that way. And it's, frankly, disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write. And people should look into it."
After taking a couple of questions related to NAFTA, the president was then asked the question everyone expected:
“Mr. President, do you think there should be limits on what the press should write?”
His answer was pointed as his comments on Twitter had been earlier in the day:
"No, the press should speak more honestly. I mean, I've seen tremendously dishonest press. It's not even a question of distortion, like the question that was just asked before about ten times the nuclear capability. I know the capability that we have, believe me, and it is awesome. It is massive.
And so when they make up stories like that, that's just made up. And the generals will tell you that. And then they have their sources that don't exist. In my opinion, they don't exist. They make up the sources. There are no sources."