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Trump boasts that he’s ‘like, really smart’ and a ‘very stable genius’ amid questions over his mental fitness

President Trump continued to defend himself in the wake of a new book that suggests top White House aides feared he was unfit for the job.

In a tweetstorm Saturday morning, the president called himself a “very stable genius” and called being “really smart” one of his greatest assets. Trump cited his career in business and reality television and his victory in last year’s election as evidence of his mental prowess. And he again lashed out at the ongoing special counsel investigation into his campaign’s contacts with Russian operatives, calling suggestions that he colluded with Moscow a “total hoax on the American public.”

 

Trump’s outburst came a day after the public release of a new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” by Michael Wolff, a New York media columnist who said he spent time in the West Wing interviewing top aides as well as Trump.

Stephen K. Bannon isn’t the only person offering a candid assessment about the Trump administration in the upcoming book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff. (Bastien Inzaurralde/The Washington Post)

Wolff paints the picture of a president who is unfit for the job and aides who come to fear Trump is not capable of, or interested in, processing information and making important decisions. Late Friday, Trump blasted Wolff as a “total loser,” and the president mocked his former campaign chairman and White House adviser, Stephen K. Bannon, who was a key source for the book. Bannon criticized other aides and Trump’s son, calling a meeting at Trump Tower last year between Donald Jr. and a Russian lawyer “treasonous.”

White House aides have mounted an all-out attack on the book, calling it “fiction” and a “complete fantasy.” And Trump’s lawyers sent cease-and-desist letters to Wolff and his publisher demanding that they do not release the book. But the publisher, Henry Holt, moved up the release date from later this month to Friday amid the publicity, and hard copies were quickly sold out in the Washington area.

Reporters asked White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday to respond to suggestions that Trump is mentally unfit for office.

“It’s disgraceful and laughable,” she said. “If he was unfit, he probably wouldn’t be sitting there and wouldn’t have defeated the most qualified group of candidates the Republican Party has ever seen.  This is an incredibly strong and good leader.  That’s why we’ve had such a successful 2017 and why we’re going to continue to do great things as we move forward in this administration.”


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