Sen. Schatz on Trump's Threat to NBC

Sen. Schatz on Trump's Threat to NBC

Joe Scarborough on Wednesday called President Trump's comments about the press "unambiguously un-American", after the president suggested a "challenge" to NBC's broadcast license.

The Federal Communications Commission issues broadcasting licenses in the USA largely to ensure stations don't trip over each other when transmitting.

Trump was angered after NBC News reported he had asked to dramatically increase in America's nuclear stockpile, calling it "made up".

Two officials present said that at multiple points in the discussion, the president expressed a desire not just for more nuclear weapons, but for additional US troops and military equipment. "NBC = CNN!" Trump tweeted.

Both Bennet and DeGette are Democrats.

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"In suggesting that a broadcast network's license be targeted because of its coverage, Mr. Trump once again evoked the Watergate era when President Richard M. Nixon told advisers to make it hard for The Washington Post to renew the FCC license for a Florida television station it owned", The New York Times said in its report on the tweet.

Neither the White House nor Comcast/NBC Universal responded for comment on Trump's tweet. The FCC issues broadcast licenses to stations.

"And I can tell you who is going to win", Trump said. "Before we can renew a station's license, we must first determine whether, during the preceding license term, the licensee has served the public interest; has not committed any serious violations of the Communications Act or the FCC's rules; and has not committed other violations which, taken together, would constitute a pattern of abuse", the document says. The Los Angeles Times reported that NBC and other networks don't hold licenses that cover their entire networks. "And people should look into it", the president added.

President Trump conveyed his annoyance at the report in remarks to reporters after meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in D.C. Donald Trump's statement is unambiguously un-American.

Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey, a Democrat and member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, sent a letter Wednesday to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai asking him to reject Trump's suggestion. But his latest threat of using the power of the federal government to go after media companies represents a dramatic escalation in his ongoing war against the press. Markey also called the president's challenge of a broadcaster's license "inappropriate".