President Trump said Wednesday he would push Congress to examine laws that prevent people from making false statements about each other in the media, in the wake of controversy over claims in a book that the White House has blasted as false.

"Our current libel laws are a sham and a disgrace," Trump said before a Cabinet meeting at the White House on Wednesday. "We're going to take a strong look at our country's libel laws."

Trump initially threatened to block the publication of the book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, after early excerpts showed it would prove politically embarrassing to White House aides.

He has long accused reporters of fabricating sources and quotes in an effort to damage his presidency.