On Wednesday, Defense Secretary James Mattis denied as “absolutely false” previous reporting that President Donald Trump wanted to dramatically expand the size of the United States's nuclear arsenal.

“This kind of erroneous reporting is irresponsible,” Mattis said, according to Reuters. Mattis was referring to a report from NBC News claiming that President Trump called for a nearly tenfold increase in the nuclear arsenal after seeing a presentation on how the U.S. had shrunk its stockpile of nuclear weapons during the last 50 years.

Mattis, along with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other high-ranking administration officials, attended that meeting during which the presentation reportedly happened. That was the same meeting after which Tillerson allegedly called the president a “moron,” something both Trump and the State Department denied him ever saying.

In two of his tweets Wednesday, Trump continued attacking NBC News as “fake,” called its report “pure fiction,” and suggested its broadcast license should be challenged:

Last week, Trump similarly blasted NBC News as “fake” after it reported Tillerson called Trump a “moron.”

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