Former President Donald Trump was denied the right to be referred to as “Mr. President” in a court filing on Friday, a further blow to his attempts to maintain the trappings of power after leaving office.
The filing was made by Trump’s lawyers in a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton and others, in which he is seeking damages for alleged defamation. The judge in the case, Lewis Kaplan, ruled that Trump could not be referred to as “Mr. President” because he is no longer in office.
“The use of the title ‘Mr. President is a clear attempt to add undeserved weight and authority to Mr. Trump’s arguments,” Kaplan wrote in his ruling. “The court will not indulge this attempt.”
The ruling is a further sign that Trump’s grip on power is slipping. Since leaving office, he has been banned from Twitter and other social media platforms, and he has been unable to raise money for his political action committee.
The ruling also undermines Trump’s claims that he is still the leader of the Republican Party. In recent weeks, Trump has been critical of several Republican leaders, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
It remains to be seen how Trump will respond to the ruling. However, it is clear that he is no longer the powerful figure he once was.
Here are some additional details about the case:
- The lawsuit was filed in 2019, and it alleges that Clinton and others defamed Trump by calling him a “Russian asset.”
- The case is still ongoing, and it is not clear when it will go to trial.
- Trump’s lawyers have argued that he should be referred to as “Mr. President” because he is the “constitutionally recognized head of state.”
- Kaplan’s ruling is a setback for Trump’s lawyers, but they could appeal the ruling.
The ruling is a significant development in Trump’s post-presidency, and it is a sign that his power is waning. It remains to be seen how Trump will respond to the ruling, but it is clear that he is no longer the powerful figure he once was.