Trump Defends Mental Health, Says He's 'Like, Really Smart'

More pushback from the president on Michael Wolff's 'Fire and Fury'
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2018 7:00 AM CST
President Donald Trump walks from the Oval Office as he leaves the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, enroute to Camp David, Md., to participate in congressional Republican leadership retreat.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – With Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury on fire—the San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday morning the book had broken the waiting-list record at the San Francisco Public Library, with upwards of 900 hold requests at that point—the conversation about it shows no sign of abating. One of the conversations born from it has been a renewed focus on President Trump's mental health. Wolff (a co-founder of Newser) writes that those close to Trump perceive his mental powers as "slipping" and say the president is repeating his stories at an increased rate, reports the BBC. But it notes that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke up in the president's defense Friday, telling CNN, "I've never questioned his mental fitness. I have no reason to question his mental fitness."

The Guardian adds that in comments also made to CNN, Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy said much the same thing, saying that when spending time with Trump in December he didn't observe the president repeating himself. But the loudest defense came Saturday morning from the president himself, in a trio of tweets:

  • "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....."
  • "....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....."
  • "...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!"
In a separate Friday night tweet, Trump alleged that Steve Bannon cried when he was fired.

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