First reported by NBC News on Wednesday, Trump's remarks apparently "surprised" military officials, who had to explain to the president "the legal and practical impediments to a nuclear buildup".
"Recent reports that the president called for an increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal are absolutely false".
A new Associated Press-NORC poll finds that North Korea's nuclear weapons development is spooking most Americans.
According to the network, Mr Trump had been shown a slide that showed the steady reduction of U.S. nukes since the late sixties, in line with post-cold war treaties. The article said after Trump saw the slide he said he wanted a bigger stockpile of weapons, not the bottom position on the downward-sloping curve. I want them in ideal condition, flawless shape.
Bovada Sportsbook has released a series of politically-themed betting lines that include the commander-in-chief's claim that he would score higher on an IQ test than Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
The July 20 meeting came a day after another one that left national security officials stunned.
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He said he has ordered Israeli diplomats to prepare Israel's withdrawal from the organisation in concert with the Americans. After he was elected but before he became president, Mr.
- John Schindler (@20committee) October 11, 2017Now we know why Tillerson called Trump a moron.
Citing "three officials who were in the room", NBC reports Trump indicated during the meeting that he wants to expand America's arsenal of nuclear weapons to about 32,000 - a huge increase from the current stockpile of about 4,000.
However, Trump took to Twitter Wednesday and denied the allegations, saying it's "pure fiction, made up to demean".
"The press should speak more honestly", he continued.
The Federal Communications Commission issues broadcasting licenses in the United States largely to ensure stations don't trip over each other when transmitting. Trump said he wanted to have that same number now, NBC reported.