Media beware: Reince Priebus just confirmed that the President is considering changing press laws.
During an interview with ABC's This Week on Sunday about the President's first 100 days in office, the White House chief of staff remarked that "newspapers and news agencies need to be more responsible with how they report the news."
When asked whether the Trump administration wants to change laws to allow the President to sue the press, Priebus responded: "I think it's something that we've looked at."
Twitter was quick to freak out:
Priebus, on ABC, cites NYT reporting on Russia contacts as basis to change libel laws. Roll back 1st Amendment to stifle corruption inquiry.— Will Saletan (@saletan) April 30, 2017
This Twitter user saw it coming:
Many assume that the administration has to take whatever the President publicly states, even via a tweet, as policy.
So whether Priebus actually agrees with the President or believes that the laws can or should be changed is unknown.
David Frum, Senior Editor of The Atlantic, summed it up well:
So why couldn’t Priebus simply dismiss the question? Question answers itself: Trump had threatened it, so staff can’t disavow it— David Frum (@davidfrum) April 30, 2017