14 October, 2017
"Recent reports that the president called for an increase in the USA nuclear arsenal are absolutely false".
Trump again called the report "fake news" and added that such an increase in the nuclear arsenal was "totally unnecessary".
President Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed a report that said he wants to increase the country's nuclear stockpile by a factor of ten, accusing the press of making it up entirely. 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.
His comments "came in response to a briefing slide he was shown that charted the steady reduction of USA nuclear weapons since the late 1960s".More news: Richard Thaler of USA wins Nobel Economics Prize
It was the second time in a week that NBC had referenced the July meeting.
In recent weeks, Trump has repeatedly threatened to strike North Korea with a nuclear weapon. United States news reports have painted the relationship between Mr Trump and Mr Tillerson as tense.
In February, Trump said he was going to build up the US nuclear arsenal to ensure it is at the "top of the pack", and said the USA has fallen behind in its atomic weapons capacity. I want them in ideal condition, flawless shape. During his presidential campaign, Trump said a number of alarming things about nuclear strikes.
Shortly after winning the election, Trump tweeted that America "must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes".
Some members of Colorado's congressional delegation voiced concern Wednesday morning at Trump's tweet. "We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all".