Trump: Report on Increasing US Nuclear Arsenal 10-Fold ‘Fake News’

By Melanie Arter | October 11, 2017 | 3:54 PM EDT

President Donald Trump (Screenshot of Fox News video)

( – President Donald Trump told reporters Wednesday that an NBC News report that he wanted to increase the United States nuclear arsenal 10 times was “fake news,” adding that the U.S. has “so many” nukes and he wanted them to be “in perfect shape.”

“That was fake news by NBC. Which is a lot of fake news lately,” the president said when asked whether he wanted to increase the nuclear arsenal.

Seated next to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Oval Office, the president said, “I think somebody said I want 10 times the nuclear weapons that we have right now. Right now we have so many nuclear weapons. I want them to be completely in perfect shape."

Trump said Secretary of State James Mattis would be releasing a statement “saying that was fake news.”

“And it is frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write and people should look into it," Trump said.

“I want to have absolutely perfectly maintained-- which we are in the processing of doing-- nuclear force, but when they said I want 10 times what we have right now, it's totally unnecessary, believe me. I know what we have right now," he said.

The president said the U.S. doesn’t need an increase in nuclear weapons, but he wants “modernization” and “total rehabilitation” so it will be “in tip top shape.”

When asked whether the president thinks there should be limits on what the media should write, Trump said, “No. The press should speak more honestly. I've seen tremendously dishonest press. It's not even a question of distortion. Like the question that was just asked before about 10 times the nuclear capability.

“I know the capability we have, believe me, and it is awesome. It is massive. So when they make up stories like that, that's just made up, and the generals will tell you that. And then they have sources that don't exist, they don't exist. They make up the sources. There are no sources," he said.

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