NBC News defends Trump nuke story after White House denial

NBC News defends Trump nuke story after White House denial

NBC News is defending its report that President Trump wanted a massive expansion of the U.S. nuclear arsenal after Defense Secretary James Mattis pushed back on those claims.

Courtney Kube, a national security producer for NBC News, said the report never said Trump “called for” more nuclear weapons, rather only that he “said he wanted more.”

NBC reported earlier Wednesday that Trump suggested dramatically expanding the country’s nuclear capabilities — from roughly 4,000 to 32,000 warheads —…

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