President Donald Trump on Tuesday suggested reviewing NBC’s broadcast license over its killing a story about Harvey Weinstein, as he spoke with the leaders of South Korea and Argentina and met with travel-industry leaders. He also refuted excerpts from a forthcoming book by Bob Woodward.
Trump refuted excerpts of Woodward’s book, including one that said former National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn took papers from his desk. “There was nobody taking anything from me,” Trump told the Daily Caller. Chief of Staff John Kelly issued a statement through the White House press office, denying he called the president an “idiot.”
TRUMP RAMPS UP NBC ATTACK
Trump tweeted “look at [NBC’s] license?”, amid criticism of the network for its handling of a story on movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Reporter Ronan Farrow has said NBC blocked him from investigating allegations of sexual assault and harassment by Weinstein. The New Yorker later published Farrow’s story. NBC News defended its decision not to move forward last summer with the story, while Farrow called some of NBC executives’ statements false.
Networks do not hold federal licenses, but individual stations do.
It was the second time in less than a week that Trump has lashed out at Comcast
-owned NBC. On Aug. 30, he accused NBC News of “fudging” an interview he gave days after he fired former FBI Director James Comey.
MOON AND MACRI CALLS
After a phone call with Argentinian President Mauricio Macri, Trump said the leader was doing “an excellent job” with the country’s troubled economic and financial situation. Argentina’s central bank last week raised interest rates to 60% from 45% in an effort to halt a plunge by the country’s currency, and on Monday Macri announced emergency measures to balance the budget.
Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in discussed denuclearization by North Korea and agreed to meet later this month in New York, the White House said.
TRAVEL EXECUTIVES AT THE WHITE HOUSE
Trump was scheduled to meet with travel-industry leaders including Hyatt Hotels Corp.
Chief Executive Mark Hoplamazian and Marriott International, Inc.
CEO Arne Sorenson. The president “will meet with the corporate CEOs of the U.S. Travel Association to discuss economic growth and job creation, the safety and security of our nation, among other important issues,” said White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters.