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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com

 

Still stinging from a White House insider book that portrays him as an unstable dolt surrounded by aides who uniformly think he’s unqualified to be president, an angry Donald Trump, reading from a prepared statement, threatened Wednesday to “take a strong look” at U.S. libel laws.

“Our current libel laws are a sham and a disgrace,” he added, “and do not represent American values or American fairness. So we’re going to take a strong look at that.”

Trump didn’t mention Michael’s Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury,” by name, but there’s no doubt the tell-all book continues to roil the White House and Trump personally.

The book set off a cascading string of events, part of which culminated with former Trump strategist Steve Bannon, who was widely quoted in the book, getting booted from his white nationalist perch at Breitbart.

Trump’s proud authoritarian streak of wanting to control and hinder a free press in America when it doesn’t produce what’s deemed to be favorable coverage is one reason the Committee to Protect Journalists just this week announced that Trump was a winner of its “Press Oppressor” awards.