Following New Book, Trump Suggests Limits On Free Speech

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Trump said U.S. libel laws are "very weak" and insinuated they should be stronger to curb books like "Fire and Fury".

During a press conference at Camp David over the weekend, President Donald Trump indicated he might be willing to clamp down of free speech laws in light of the new Michael Wolff book released Friday.

In "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House", Wolff makes numerous unflattering claims about the president, his family, and his staff - all of which the White House insists are falsehoods.

From the Indepenedent:

President Donald Trump has hit out at “very weak” libel laws in the US as he branded an explosive new book detailing the inner workings of the White House as “fiction”.

Suggesting he would like to see tougher laws on speech, Mr Trump said that if libel laws “were strong... you wouldn’t have things like that happen where you can say whatever comes into your head” – referring to Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

This is not the first time Trump has taken issue with U.S. libel laws. In February of 2016, during his presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump made clear he wanted an easier time suing journalists who reported on him unfavorably:

"One of the things I'm going to do if I win, and I hope we do and we're certainly leading. I'm going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money. We're going to open up those libel laws. So when The New York Times writes a hit piece which is a total disgrace or when The Washington Post, which is there for other reasons, writes a hit piece, we can sue them and win money instead of having no chance of winning because they're totally protected," Trump said.

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