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 U.S. libel laws on the 2016 campaign trail.
"Our current libel laws are a sham and a disgrace and do not represent American values or American fairness", the president claimed.
During his remarks Trump swung from praising his own meeting coverage to telling journalists that they were dependent on his presidency for ratings to threatening a "strong look" at libel laws. He can look all he wants, but he can't do anything about it. Cue cable news fainting anyway.
It was her first time meeting the president, and when she was done briefing, he had a question for her, NBC News reported.
The tweeter-in-chief accused the media of "saying things that are false, knowingly false, and be able to smile as the money pours into your bank account".
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.
"We want to see something happen with DACA", he said.
Trump has long threatened to sue people for perceived insults, but it is unclear whether he will be capable of following through on his promise.More news: Bayern without Hummels, Lewandowski at Leverkusen
Wednesday's comments, however, marked a significant escalation of Trump's attacks on the press over what he calls "fake news".
They wouldn't cease and desist, so now President Trump is targeting libel laws in an effort to silence his critics.
According to Trump, that tax reform is already helping Americans with "more than 1 million workers already receiving a tax cut bonus".
That means Trump would need to either persuade Congress to pass a far-reaching federal law if he wanted to change part with this legal traditoin or or lobby states to tighten their existing statutes.More news: Dimensional Fund Advisors LP Increases Holdings in DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc (NASDAQ:XRAY)
Additionally, no single state could change its laws to make it easier for public figures like Trump to win libel suits against the press.
The New York Times vs. Sullivan ruling set the malice standard for libel. No lawsuit has yet been filed.
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