Stung by Wolff book, Trump calls for stronger United States libel laws

But once in the White House, Bannon's role was less clear and the president chafed at claims that Bannon controlled his administration's agenda. And then there's his peculiar fondness for authoritarian leaders, his susceptibility to whatever self-serving blandishments they offer his vulnerable ego, and his refusal to take responsibility for just about anything.

In a tweet, Mr Trump claimed even Democrats know there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation.

Wolff's portrayal of the Trump Presidency is amusing and irreverent, peppered with gossip and nearly slapstick descriptions of interactions between powerful men and a handful of women.

But I don't think the dotard will be displaying the latest cover of Time featuring him in the Oval Office.

It wasn't the only anti-personnel bomb dropped in Mr Trump's path in the run-up to the 2016 election - for a while the seemingly equally damning The Making of Donald Trump, by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston, threw up its own mushroom cloud of dust and debris.

Fire and Fury is a book that serves as a warning on how institutions are compromised when politics revolves around personalities, a point that has been repeatedly experienced in many countries in South Asia and Africa.

Dr. Bandy X. Lee reportedly warned the group that the pressures of the presidency would eventually cause Trump to "unravel". But Wolff's explosive tell-all about the Trump administration only came out last Friday and BookScan's weekly sales run through Saturday. This, by the way, was true long before Trump became president or even before his candidacy. Last week, the North's state media called Trump a "war maniac" and "madman". "Fire and Fury" will appear at No. 1 on The New York Times' hardcover nonfiction list in the edition that runs on January 21.

With his physical exam scheduled for February 12, many are left wondering if Trump's doctor's visit will include a psychiatric evaluation.

Inside the White House, Bannon was viewed as the keeper of Trump's nationalistic flame, charting the progress on the president's promises to his base on dry erase boards in his office. The harms of libel are not harms that one should be able to rectify via the force of law, since they don't directly and physically harm our bodies or justly owned property. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been quite vocal in her defense of the president. He said that coverage changed after a couple of hours but that he expected the media to eventually be more supportive of him.

"If a few more people read my book now and reflect on the horrific consequences of war to civilian populations", he said, "I think that would be a very good outcome". And Trump was eager and happy to have someone who supplied him with ideas that, most importantly, grabbed the public's attention and kept him in the limelight on his way to an unexpected election victory. "This is a pretty pathetic move".

After Tuesday's inter-Korean talks, Trump said during a phone conversation with South Korean President Moon Jae-in that the United States was open to talks with North Korea "at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances", according to a White House statement.

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