In response to President Trump’s threat to “take a strong look” at U.S. libel laws, which he described as “very weak,”  PEN America Executive Director Suzanne Nossel released the following statement: 


“This is not the first time President Trump has shaken his fist against our libel laws. In so doing, he is attacking the U.S. Constitution, which represents the gold standard worldwide in terms of protections for freedom of speech.  Under the First Amendment people are free to denigrate and offend the President or anyone else, a freedom with which the President should be well-acquainted given his own penchant for insulting political opponents. While he can say what he wants, thankfully the President cannot change our laws, much less amend the Constitution.” 


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