Stung by Wolff book, Trump eyes libel laws

Trump says administration taking look at current libel laws

Trump presumably wants to make it easier for people to take media companies to court if they feel embarrassed by press coverage. "You can't stand the heat or the truth but no one forced you to run for President".

The president has been particularly aggrieved after the publication of Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury", which depicts his White House as chaotic, beset by infighting and incompetent, at least in the early days of his administration.

President Donald Trump criticized the United States Congress for a lack of willingness to look into libel laws, even though libel is regulated from state to state, in a new interview with the Wall Street Journal published Thursday.

"Our current libel laws are a sham and a disgrace and do not represent American values or American fairness", he said, renewing a long-held desire for curbs against what is written about him. "You can't say things that are false, knowingly false, and be able to smile as money pours into your bank account".

Trump's libel law talk came after a week's worth of embarrassing stories about his troubled presidency, citing the new book "Fire and Fury". "We are going to take a very, very strong look at that".

"This is not the first time President Trump has shaken his fist against our libel laws".

In what was seen as an attempt to show Trump is mentally fit and in command, the president had kept a pool of reporters, including a TV camera, inside of a meeting he had on Tuesday with U.S. lawmakers on immigration.

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"I think what the American people want to see is fairness".

Many reporters covering the White House have received death threats and get regular hate mail from Trump supporters.

"Trump is not changing - and he never will change - the libel laws in this country, despite his rhetoric", said Richard Roth, a New York-based white-collar litigator and founder of the Roth Law Firm.

But the president, known for being litigious himself, insisted Wednesday that existing laws don't do enough to ensure 'that when somebody says something that is false and defamatory about someone, that person will have meaningful recourse in our courts'.

A White House readout released shortly before the Cabinet meeting said the president had told Moon he was open to talks with North Korea "at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances".

Trump has not followed up with any lawsuit. Nor did he identify what, exactly, the administration will be "taking a very very strong look at".

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