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  • 18.10.2018

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Trump 'looking' at current US libel laws

Trump 'looking' at current US libel laws

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US President Donald Trump says he's going to be taking "a strong look at our country's libel laws," blasting the current standards as disgraceful.

Speaking during a Cabinet meeting, Trump said that people shouldn't be able to say things that are false and then "smile as money pours into your bank account".

"Our current libel laws are a sham and a disgrace, and do not represent American values or American fairness," he said. "We're going to take a very, very strong look at that. And I think what the American people want to see is fairness."
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"There is no federal libel law, and the president does not have the authority to change state libel laws," he said.

"Whatever President Trump might think, he has no power to override these constitutional protections."
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