Trump Again Demands Change in Defamation Law

Postado Janeiro 13, 2018

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.

"If somebody says something that's totally false and knowingly false, that the person that has been abused, defamed, libeled, [should] have meaningful recourse", he said.

The meeting was unlike past Cabinet meetings, which have been marked by officials praising the president. 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].

"President Trump's threat to revise our country's libel laws is, frankly, not credible", the American Civil Liberties Union said in a statement on Wednesday.

"We're going to take a very, very strong look at that", he said.

Trump's lawyer, Charles Harder, said excerpts from the book contain "false/baseless statements" about the president and that he can prove "actual malice" in defense of a libel case.

"I'm going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and disgusting and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money", he said on the campaign trail in February 2016. "You wouldn't have things like that happen where you can say whatever comes to your head".

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In the wake of the release of the book by author Michael Wolff, questions have been raised about Trumps mental and physical fitness.

No lawsuit has been filed.

After the analyst revealed that her parents are Korean, Trump turned to an adviser in the room and seemed to suggest her ethnicity should determine her career path, asking why the "pretty Korean lady" isn't negotiating with North Korea on his administration's behalf, the officials said.

Trump presumably wants to make it easier for people to take media companies to court if they feel embarrassed by press coverage.

He also pledged during his presidential campaign to "open up" libel laws "so when they write purposely negative and awful, false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money".

It's unclear what Trump could do to change libel law, which are at the state level and governed by Supreme Court precedent.

State courts and state legislatures are responsible for codifying protections against libel and defamation.