During his first Cabinet meeting of 2018, Trump called current libel laws "a sham and a disgrace", saying they don't "represent American values or American fairness".
That said, Abrams suggested that taking a "strong look at libel law" is "not a bad idea because he'll learn that it already allows recovery for knowingly false speech, even about public officials, at the same time it protects us against people in power who seek to use the libel law to suppress or punish speech that is critical of them". He can look all he wants, but he can't do anything about it. Cue cable news fainting anyway.
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. "Can't say things that are false, knowingly false, and be able to smile as money pours into your bank account". The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that public figures - like the president - must clear a high hurdle in order to prove defamation.
Meanwhile, the president also addressed his latest call with South Korean President Moon Jae-In, who Mr. Trump says, was thankful for the role the USA played in the talks between North Korea and South Korea this week over the North's participation in the Winter Olympics. "It was reported that he actually went to the Justice Department lawyers and said, 'Come on, you would not want to live with them either.' Donald Trump is a notorious bigot".More news: Fusion GPS Founder's Senate Judiciary Testimony Released
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The comments are Trump's latest response to the book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House", which has engulfed his administration in controversy in the first days of the new year.
Trump also took aim at the libel laws when asked about the book over the weekend at Camp David, saying it "would be very helpful" to have tougher laws to push back against the book.
The Cabinet meeting came a day after he allowed cameras to document almost an hour of talks with Republican and Democratic lawmakers over immigration reform, a moment Mr. Trump referred to as a "good performance" on his part.
President Trump on Wednesday said something that would have set off sirens if spoken by any other American leader.