Stung by Wolff book, Trump calls for stronger U.S. libel laws

From Reuters - January 10, 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that his administration will examine whether U.S. libel laws can be strengthened after a new book questioned his mental fitness to serve as president.

Our current libel laws are a sham and a disgrace and do not represent American values or American fairness so were going to take a strong look at that, he told reporters as he met members of his Cabinet.

In Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, author Michael Wolff has questioned Trumps 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.

We are going to take a strong look at our countrys libel laws so that when somebody says something that is false and defamatory about someone, that person will have meaningful recourse in our courts, Trump said.

To prove libel, a public figure must show a writer or publisher acted with actual malice in publishing a false statement. Malice is either reckless or purposeful disregard for the truth.


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