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US President Donald Trump has threatened to challenge the broadcast licences of NBC and other networks in a series of tweets.

The tweets posted on Wednesday morning were apparently spurred by a report from NBC News that said Mr Trump expressed a desire to increase the US nuclear arsenal by ten-fold.

“Fake [NBC News] made up a story that I wanted a ‘tenfold’ increase in our US nuclear arsenal. Pure fiction, made up to demean. NBC = CNN!” Mr Trump tweeted. “With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!”

NBC declined to comment.

Free speech includes the right to lie and undermine.  I find Trump a bit of an embarrassing rich uncle that is paying for the education, health care and first home deposits for the whole extended family’s children, but he keeps being a dick at family events.

He is a great disruptor and certainly gives the media a mocking when it deserves it.  But to threaten their license is the tactic of a dictator, not a democratically elected president.

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