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Broadcaster association slams Trump over threat to revoke TV licenses

Gordon Smith, president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters, slammed President Donald Trump for threatening to revoke broadcast TV licenses.

"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!" Trump said in a tweet Oct. 11, following NBC News' report regarding Trump's meeting with his national security advisers. The report said in that meeting, Trump proposed to increase the U.S. nuclear arsenal by nearly 10 times. The meeting reportedly caused tension between Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

"The founders of our nation set as a cornerstone of our democracy the First Amendment, forever enshrining and protecting freedom of the press. It is contrary to this fundamental right for any government official to threaten the revocation of an FCC license simply because of a disagreement with the reporting of a journalist," Smith said in a statement.