After 'Fire And Fury,' The President Is Talking About Libel Laws Again


President Donald Trump on Wednesday repeated that he would take a "very, very strong look at" the libel laws, this time in light of the tell-all book "Fire and Fury" that he criticized as "full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don't exist".

Speaking from a prepared statement before a Cabinet meeting Wednesday, Trump said "our current libel laws are a sham and a disgrace and do not represent American values and American fairness". He can look all he wants, but he can't do anything about it. Cue cable news fainting anyway.

"Can't say things that are false, knowingly false, and be able to smile as money pours into your bank account", Trump said at his Cabinet meeting. After the president warned that he could look into changing the #libel laws in the country, one host on #Fox News was quick to speak out [VIDEO].

The president had sought to use an unusually public negotiating session with lawmakers on immigration Tuesday to seize political momentum and rebut the book's claim that he is ill-equipped to occupy the Oval Office.

"Certainly states should take a look at [libel laws]", she told us. Numerous actors have contested the claims made in Fire and Fury, including White House aides and Washington Post reporter Mark Berman.

Trump's first mention of changing libel laws after his inauguration came in March of previous year and was in response to general negative coverage by the Times.

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Mr Wolff said his book, which he says is based on more than 200 interviews with administration insiders, went on sale Friday (US time) in apparent gambit by the publisher to foil efforts by lawyers for Mr Trump to halt its release.

Trump's complaints about libel are not new; he has somewhat regularly called for tougher libel laws as he has smarted over news coverage, decried "fake" news and pointed out corrections from news outlets.

Attorneys for the publisher pushed back on the legal threat, writing to Harder that his letter "stops short of identifying a single statement in the book that is factually false or defamatory".

In 1964, the Supreme Court ruled that news publications could not be sued for libel by public figures unless there was grounds for false reporting.

"I had not seen him get this angry about a book since he finished 'The Monster at the End of This Book, '" Colbert said, referring to the popular children's book.