Trump: I am a ‘very stable genius’ and ‘like, very smart’

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday praised himself as “a very stable genius,” following the release of a bombshell book that raises doubts over his mental health. But Trump’s response to the book’s allegations, in tweets and in remarks made during a hastily convened news conference at his Camp David presidential retreat, had Washington focusing anew on the question of his stability and mental state. In a series of extraordinary early-morning tweets, Trump said that “throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart.” “I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!” The new supposed tell-all book — Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” — was rushed into stores Friday after the Trump administration failed to suppress it. The book quickly sold out in Washington, where it has been the talk of the town, and rocketed to the top of Amazon’s bestsellers list. At Camp David, where Trump was meeting with top Republican lawmakers and cabinet members to set an agenda for the coming year, he seemed eager to focus attention on legislative priorities including immigration reform, a budget plan and infrastructure spending. But he also forcefully pushed back against Wolff’s claim to having spent hours interviewing Trump. “I did a quick interview with this guy a long time ago, having… [Read full story]

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