President Trump, who has threatened press freedoms before, suggested Wednesday that NBC might lose its broadcast licenses following critical stories detailing his behavior.
NBC reported last week that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a "moron" and nearly quit the administration out of concern for Trump's behavior and policy. The network followed up Wednesday with a report on what had prompted the "moron" comment.
Tillerson made the comment after a July 20 meeting of top national security leaders at which Trump advocated a near-tenfold increase in the nation's nuclear arsenal, questioning why he lacked the stockpile that U.S. presidents had during the height of the Cold War, the network reported. The United States has since entered into numerous treaties and other legally binding agreements to slow the nuclear arms race.