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Stung by Wolff book, Trump eyes libel laws

Stung by Wolff book, Trump eyes libel laws”

United States President Donald Trump said Wednesday his administration will take "a strong look" into strengthening the country's libel laws after the release of a book that questions his ability to serve as president.

Conservatives and liberals have largely agreed that there should be a high bar for libel claims from public officials, requiring the officials to show actual malice - or that the news organization knew the claims were false before publishing them.

Days after a blistering book took shots at his administration, Trump renewed his call for a federal libel law to punish writers and broadcasters behind fake news and lies. "You can't say things that are false, knowingly false, and be able to smile as money pours into your bank account". There are now no federal libel laws in the USA that Congress could re-examine, as the criteria for libel is typically left to each state to decide.

Trump's private lawyers have threatened lawsuits, sending cease-and-desist letters to the book's author and publisher - and to former White House strategist Steve Bannon, who cooperated with author Michael Wolff, who was previously a columnist for USA TODAY. But the book may not cause much legal trouble for Trump, according to Washington Post deputy editorial page editor Ruth Marcus.

President Trump speaks during a meeting on immigration with House and Senate lawmakers on January 10.

The president reiterated his approach to immigration and border security, saying, "We are also making America safe again".

"I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un", Trump told the Journal. He has not said exactly what he wants in return for keeping the program.

Reporters would have typically been escorted out after a few opening remarks, but they were kept in the meeting for 55 minutes as Trump and his Republicans debated immigration policy and ideas with Democratic members. He said that coverage changed after a couple of hours but that he expected the media to eventually be more supportive of him.

This week, two incredible events unfolded before our eyes: American television viewers were invited into the White House Cabinet Room, where for almost an hour they watched as President Trump effectively led a bipartisan meeting in which he and congressional Democrats made real progress on immigration reform. "You're all out of business".



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