Trump says administration taking look at current libel laws

Joann Johnston
January 13, 2018

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) applauded an Executive Order signed by President Donald Trump Tuesday directing the U.S. Departments of Defense (DoD), Veterans Affairs (VA) and Homeland Security (DHS) to develop a plan to improve mental health and suicide prevention resources available to service members as they transition to civilian life.

During the presidential campaign, Trump said he would open up libel laws "so when they write purposely negative and disgusting, false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money".

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at the time that Trump was simply thirsty and dismissed questions about his health as "ridiculous".

United States media are playing down expectations the medical will silence the debate over the president's mental health.

"I'll be very surprised if it doesn't", he said, adding, "It better go well".

The White House announced it would offer reporters the chance to speak with Jackson in the middle of an outside debate over the president's mental fitness.

"He's as sharp as a tack", he told reporters on board Air Force One.

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"I've always looked at health services and mental health services as a two-way marriage", Laudeman said.

The president raised a few eyebrows during a speech on Jerusalem last month, when he momentarily slurred his words.

Trump, 71, will be examined by the same doctor as his predecessor Barack Obama and the results of the tests are expected to be made public.

A review of the past five presidents' physical exams shows only brief mentions of mental health, and none included a readout of mental health tests. For example, former President George W. Bush's first exam reported he enjoyed the occasional cigar, drank diet soda and ran at least 12 miles per week. Obama's exam reports chronicled his struggle to quit smoking. Trump would sometimes order two McDonald's Corp. His initial campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, described a as two McDonald's Big Macs, two fish sandwiches and a chocolate shake ― a total of 2,430 calories.

Presidents historically will "release general information on things like cholesterol, is there any problem with emerging diabetes or the president's heart". Trump has said he takes statin, a drug created to lower cholesterol levels.

His mental state notwithstanding, Trump is the most physically out-of-shape president since William Howard Taft a century ago.

Among the most prominent was Woodrow Wilson, who suffered a stroke that left him incapacitated, a fact that was kept from his own Cabinet. Ms Clinton would have also been the oldest elected president. However, last year, the VA launched a separate program offering emergency mental health services for veterans with these "bad paper" discharges, and Shulkin said that program is still in effect.

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