Jake Tapper: "It's remarkable" Trump is trying to block the publication of a book because it "hurt his feelings"

Jake Tapper: "It's remarkable" Trump is trying to block the publication of a book because it "hurt his feelings"

Tapper: "It's remarkable that the president of the United States is in any way trying to stop publication of a book, breaching the right of free speech"

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From the January 4 edition of CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper:

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JAKE TAPPER (HOST): Based on the President’s track record this threat of a lawsuit is almost certainly nothing more than an intimidation technique.

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DONALD TRUMP: Oh, I always like to threaten to sue reporters because I think they're among the most dishonest people I've ever dealt with in my life.

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TAPPER:  Notice the keyword there, threaten, threaten to sue reporters. Wolff and his publisher are now in good company. President Trump has previously threatened to sue CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times the Associated Press, comedian Tom Arnold, a 92-year-old Scottish widow, reporter David K. Johnston, Art of the Deal co-author Tony Schwartz, Governor John Kasich, Senator Ted Cruz, oh and all of the women who accused him of sexual harassment and assault and that’s just a small sampling and those are just lawsuits because of criticisms those people made about the president in public, to say nothing of his business deals. 

The president almost never actually follows through with these lawsuits and it would be very difficult to win a libel suit, especially to block this book prior to publication which will be tomorrow morning.  Lastly, let's all take a step back here. It's remarkable that the president of the United States is in any way trying to stop publication of a book, breaching the right of free speech and freedom of the press that we have in this country just because said speech to be candid, hurts his feelings.

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