Trump to take 'strong look' at U.S. libel laws amid book controversy

Trump to take 'strong look' at U.S. libel laws amid book controversy

They wouldn't cease and desist, so now President Trump is targeting libel laws in an effort to silence his critics.

Trump said he wants "fairness".

In Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, author Michael Wolff has questioned Trump's mental fitness, portraying him as child-like with a short attention span. Trump had often complained about United States libel laws on the 2016 campaign trail.

"A lot of those anchors sent us letters saying that was one of the greatest meetings they've ever witnessed", Mr. Trump said, adding that he had received "about two hours" of positive coverage from news networks, "and then they went a little bit south on us".

Pointing to varying accounts of the number of DACA children who are affected, with some reporting 650,000 and others saying it is more like 3 million, he added, "The fact is our country was such a mess nobody knows what the numbers are".

Trump has said he could support a revised DACA bill in exchange for immigration reforms that would include a U.S./Mexico border wall.

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"There are no federal libel laws, so it will be hard for Trump to "open them up, ' as he called for during the campaign", said Alexandra Ellerbeck, the North America Program Coordinator for Committee to Protect Journalists".

Following fallout from the publication of a book negatively depicting his administration, President Donald Trump is threatening to enforce libel laws. "We are going to take a very, very strong look at that, and I think what the American people want to see is fairness".

President Donald Trump gave the strongest indication yet that he views his current job as another reality-television program prior to a Cabinet meeting Wednesday afternoon. "These are laws that originated hundreds of years ago in England". "There is no federal libel law, and the president does not have the authority to change state libel laws". "So there actually is no federal statute that Trump could try to get Congress to rewrite".

The New York Times vs. Sullivan ruling set the malice standard for libel.

"He's trying to usurp the judiciary, and it's not going to work", Roth said.

For now, Roth said, Trump's threat to change libel laws is just "another silly declaration" from the White House.

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