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Trump Pushes Libel Law Change Over Woodward Book: Why No 'Retribution'?

Trump Pushes Libel Law Change Over Woodward Book: Why No 'Retribution'?
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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 07:56 AM

President Donald Trump Wednesday pushed lawmakers to change the nation's libel laws in the wake of the disparaging claims about his administration contained in Watergate reporter Bob Woodward's forthcoming book.

He questioned how someone can "totally make up stories" without facing any "retribution or cost."

Trump also said he is "the exact opposite" of Bob Woodward's portrayal of him in the book, which for exmaple claims that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly disparaged him as an "idiot."

Trump's remarks came on Twitter a day after the first details of Woodward's "Fear: Trump in the White House" were revealed as media outlets obtained advance copies of the book.

Trump tweeted:

"Isn’t it a shame that someone can write an article or book, totally make up stories and form a picture of a person that is literally the exact opposite of the fact, and get away with it without retribution or cost. Don’t know why Washington politicians don’t change libel laws?"

Trump was quick Tuesday to deny some of the book's most shocking claims, calling the book "nasty stuff" and challenging its credibility.

This is not the first time Trump has suggested tightening libel laws. He raised the issue in one of his recurring attacks on the "failing" New York Times in March.

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President Donald Trump Wednesday pushed lawmakers to change the nation's libel laws in the wake of the disparaging claims about his administration contained in Watergate reporter Bob Woodward's forthcoming book.
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