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Trump follows up NBC threat: 'It is frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write'

 (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)
(Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

President Trump intensified his threat against the press Wednesday afternoon, hours after threatening to use government power to penalize NBC, telling reporters that "it is frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write."

The comments came as Trump was meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Oval Office.

Trump was still angry over an NBC report detailing his request to increase the nation's nuclear arsenal by nearly tenfold.

He called the report "fake news."

Ten times would be "totally unnecessary," Trump said, adding that he wants the U.S. nuclear arsenal to be in "tiptop shape."

Trump's Twitter threat earlier in the day against NBC's ability to hold local television licenses already had alarmed 1st Amendment advocates for its chilling tone. 

The 1st Amendment has long been interpreted to protect speech that government officials object to as a bulwark against authoritarianism.

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