Bradley K. Sperman
2018-01-11 14:17:52 UTC
saying the current iteration is a sham and a disgrace as he
addressed his Cabinet and reporters at the White House.
Cant say things that are false, knowingly false, and be able
to smile as money pours into your bank account, Trump said at
his Cabinet meeting. We are going to take a very, very strong
look at that.
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.
Trumps complaints about libel are not new; he has somewhat
regularly called for tougher libel laws as he has smarted over
news coverage, decried fake news and pointed out corrections
from news outlets. Those calls have drawn sharp denunciations
from legal scholars and news organizations.
The president has been particularly aggrieved after the
publication of Michael Wolffs Fire and Fury, which depicts
his White House as chaotic, beset by infighting and incompetent,
at least in the early days of his administration. The president
has also uttered a number of falsehoods about others, such as
saying then-President Barack Obama was not born in the United
States. According to The Washington Posts Fact Checker, Trump
has made about 2,000 false or misleading statements since taking
It is unlikely that Congress would take up a move to change
The meeting was unlike past Cabinet meetings, which have been
marked by officials praising the president. Trump recited a
number of accomplishments from his administration, including the
tax bill that passed last year, the rising economy and the
appointment of Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
The president said his position on the border wall will never
change, but on DACA, we want to see something. Democrats are
resistant to making a deal on immigration that includes money
for a wall along the southern border.
Legislators have until early March to find a compromise for the
immigration program that allows undocumented children to stay in
the United States, and Trump has said the bill needs to have
love. He has not said exactly what he wants in return for
keeping the program.
The president seemed buoyant after his lengthy immigration
meeting Tuesday, in which he allowed reporters to watch 55
minutes of negotiations between Republicans and Democrats, with
him leading the charge. He gave a remarkable glimpse into how he
sees the presidency, offering little guidance on details but
basking in showmanship and dealmaking.
Welcome back to the studio, he told reporters entering the
Cabinet Room, noting there had been phenomenal praise for his
He said, without providing evidence or details, that TV anchors
had sent him letters thanking him for letting so much of the
negotiations happen on camera. He said that coverage changed
after a couple of hours but that he expected the media to
eventually be more supportive of him.
If Trump doesnt win in three years, he said, theyre all out
of business. Youre all out of business.