During the July meeting that led to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calling the president a "moron" - another piece of NBC reporting that the White House has ridiculed - Trump was shown a slide presentation that depicted America's nuclear stockpile diminishing during the past five decades.
Broadcast licenses have previously been revoked by authoritarian leaders including the late former president of Venezuela Hugo Chavez, who revoked a number of broadcast licenses of stations that displayed stringent anti-Chavez views.
President Donald Trump has said he wants the USA nuclear arsenal in "tiptop shape" but has not asked that it be greatly expanded.
Trump has been a consistent critic of the media since the beginning his presidential campaign in 2015, but Wednesday's tweet marks the first time the president has threatened licenses granted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Both Bennet and DeGette are Democrats.
He called the report "pure fiction" that was "made up to demean".
Some officials present said they did not take Trump's desire for more nuclear weapons to be literally instructing the military to increase the actual numbers.
Still, President Trump responded with fury.
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On Oct. 7, Trump tweeted: "More and more people are suggesting that Republicans (and me) should be given Equal Time on T.V. when you look at the one-sided coverage?" In confirmation hearings for Ajit Pai, we raised this possibility.
The pair of tweets came just before the president was scheduled to receive his daily intelligence briefing, according to a calendar the White House send reporters overnight.
Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey, a Democrat and member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, sent a letter Wednesday to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai asking him to reject Trump's suggestion. "Any insinuation that elected officials could use the levers of government to control or censor the news media would represent a startling degradation of the freedom of press".