Trump Wipes His A** With the US Constitution

On Wednesday, NBC News and other media outlets reported Donald Trump’s expressed desire to increase the country’s nuclear arsenal tenfold. This prompted a tweetstorm from the president:

During an Oval Office meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday, Trump was asked if he wanted to increase the nuclear arsenal. He replied,

No, I never discussed increasing it.

NBC reported that Trump suggested a tenfold increase in the nuclear arsenal at a meeting with his national security team—the same meeting after which Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a “fucking moron.”

I want it in perfect shape. That was just fake news by NBC, which gives a lot of fake news, lately. No, I never discussed—I think somebody said I want ten times the nuclear weapons that we have right now. Right now, we have so many nuclear weapons. I want them in perfect condition, perfect shape. That’s the only thing I’ve ever discussed. General Mattis put out a statement, or is putting out a statement, saying that that was fake news—that it was just mentioned that way.

As the Washington Post notes, Mattis’s denial isn’t as complete as Trump leads us to believe. Mattis said Trump never “called for” the nuclear arsenal increase. NBC reported that Trump “said he wanted” such an increase, but that it was never acted upon.

And it’s, frankly, disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write. And people should look into it.

This is an all-out assault on the First Amendment. President Donald Trump thinks freedom of speech is “disgusting.”

No, I want to have absolutely perfectly maintained—which we are in the process of doing—nuclear force. But when they said I want ten times what we have right now, it’s totally unnecessary. Believe me. Because I know what we have right now.

Later, when asked if he thought there should be limits on what the press should write, Trump said,

No, the press should speak more honestly.

Wait. Moments earlier he said it was disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write, but now he says there should be no limits on what he writes. Is he confused? Hoping for plausible deniability? Or does he not even see the contradiction?

I mean, I’ve seen tremendously dishonest press. It’s not even a question of distortion, like the question that was just asked before about ten times the nuclear capability. I know the capability that we have, believe me, and it is awesome. It is massive. And so when they make up stories like that, that’s just made up. And the generals will tell you that. And then they have their sources that don’t exist. In my opinion, they don’t exist. They make up the sources. There are no sources.

Then, for comic relief, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had this response:

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