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Fake news that I wanted 'ten-fold' increase in nuclear arsenal: Trump

The President took to Twitter to say: 'With all of the fake news coming out of NBC and the networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their license.' Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Web Team Washington, DC, United States Oct 11, 2017, 04.03 PM (IST)

President Donald Trump said today US TV network CBS had "made up a story" that he wanted a ten-fold increase in nuclear arsenal.

The President took to Twitter to say: "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 country!," the President said on Twitter.

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US broadcaster NBC has been at the centre of controversy after it reported that vice president Mike Pence had to talk Tillerson out of resigning and that foreign secretary Tillerson had called Trump a "moron." 

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Trump was quick to dismiss Tillerson's reported "moron" comment as "fake news".

The president added, "I think it's fake news. But if he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win."

On NFL, the president in an early morning tweet said: "It is about time that Roger Goodell of the NFL is finally demanding that all players STAND for our great National Anthem."

However, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told CNN he didn't demand or order players to stand during the national anthem.

The NFL issued a statement after Trump's tweet saying: "Commentary this morning about the Commissioner's position on the anthem is not accurate."

"As we said yesterday, there will be a discussion of these issues at the owners meeting next week. The NFL is doing the hard work of trying to move from protest to progress, working to bring people together....Players from around the league will be in New York next week to meet with owners to continue our work together," the statement said. 

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