Donald Trump has rejected an author’s accusations that he is mentally unfit for office and said his track record showed he is a “a very stable genius.”
The US president hit back after an explosive account of life at the White House claimed he never intended to enter the Oval Office.
Author Michael Wolff also said in promoting his book, Fire and Fury – Inside the Trump White House, that Trump is unfit for the presidency.
But Trump, in a series of extraordinary morning posts on Twitter, said his Democratic critics and the US news media were bringing up the “old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence” since they have not been able to bring him down in other ways.
Reagan, a Republican US president from 1981-1989, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1994 and died in 2004.
“Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart,” said Trump.
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“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!”
Trump’s tweets showed his frustration at what he views as unfair treatment by the news media of his presidency amid a federal investigation into whether he or his campaign aides colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign.