WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) — President Donald Trump defended his intelligence and mental stability on Twitter early Saturday as he prepared to meet with top Republican lawmakers to set their agenda for 2018.
In a series of tweets from Camp David, Trump challenged the portrayal of him in Michael Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.” Wolff, who said he conducted over 200 interviews for the book, wrote that Trump aides left him with the “indelible impression” that every single one of them believed he is “incapable of functioning in his job.”
Now that Russian collusion, after one year of intense study, has proven to be a total hoax on the American public, the Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media, are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018
In various passages, Wolff alleges that Trump does not read, does not understand policy, is forgetful, and is treated like a child by those around him. The White House has pushed back hard against the suggestion that the president is mentally unfit for office.
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday that questions about Trump’s ability to do his job are “disgraceful and laughable.”
....Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018
Trump himself tackled the issue head-on Saturday, claiming on Twitter that “mental stability and being, like, really smart” have been his two greatest assets in life.
According to the president, his critics in the Democratic Party and the media are using “the old Ronald Reagan playbook” against him, referring to questions raised about President Reagan’s mental state in the 1980s. Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease years after leaving office.
....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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018
Noting that similar attacks on his intelligence and fitness to serve by opponent Hillary Clinton failed during the 2016 campaign, Trump touted his success as a businessman, a television star, and a politician.
“I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius....and a very stable genius at that!” he tweeted.
Brian Ross, the reporter who made a fraudulent live newscast about me that drove the Stock Market down 350 points (billions of dollars), was suspended for a month but is now back at ABC NEWS in a lower capacity. He is no longer allowed to report on Trump. Should have been fired!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018
Earlier in the morning, Trump applauded the unemployment rate for African-Americans hitting its lowest level in decades and asserted that ABC News should have fired a reporter who was suspended over inaccurate reporting about him last month.