Trump doubles down on promise to 'open up' libel laws

Greg Nash

GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from New Hampshire Senate debate Trump losing cash race in final weeks Vulnerable GOP senator questions opponent's American heritage MORE on Sunday doubled down on his pledge last week to loosen libel laws to make it easier to sue news outlets.

“I would absolutely work to open up the libel laws,” Trump said in a fiery interview with "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace.

Trump has faced a firestorm of criticism since his remarks Friday promising to “open up” libel laws. Some legal experts have noted that it would require a change to the Constitution, because the rights of news agencies have already been upheld by the Supreme Court.

When asked about a change to the Constitution, Trump did not respond. Instead, he cited British laws.

“In England, I can tell you it’s very much different and very much easier,” he said.

“I think it’s very unfair that The New York Times can write a story that it’s very much false, and they basically told me is false,” he said. “All I want is fairness.”