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Donald Trump on book’s mental health claims: ‘I am a stable genius’

Donald Trump has hit back at claims over his mental health by insisting he is not only “stable”, but also a “genius”.

The President’s fitness for office has been questioned since the publication of a highly critical book, Fire and Fury, which claims that Mr Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, questioned his competence.

The book’s author, Michael Wolff, has also alleged that many people close to the President describe him as a “moron, an idiot” and that Mr Trump’s deputy chief of staff said working with him is like “trying to figure out what a child wants”.

Hitting back at the publication on Saturday, Mr Trump tweeted: “Throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart.

“I went from VERY successful businessman, to top TV 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 President added that the claims had emerged from the “fake news mainstream media” which was “taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence.”

In a previous Twitter tirade, Mr Trump dismissed the book – said to be based on more than 200 interviews – as being “full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist”.

Trump and Wolff

Crowds gather to buy Trump ‘expose’

“Michael Wolff is a total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book,” he wrote.

“He used Sloppy Steve Bannon, who cried when he got fired and begged for his job. Now Sloppy Steve has been dumped like a dog by almost everyone. Too bad!”

Defending his “expose”, Wolff has said he spent three hours with Mr Trump and “spoke to people who spoke to the President on a daily, sometimes minute-by-minute basis”.

The book causing all the controversy
The book sold out in 20 minutes at Kramerbooks in Washington DC

The writer has claimed his revelations will eventually “bring down” Mr Trump.

“One of the interesting effects of the book so far is a very clear emperor-has-no-clothes effect,” he told BBC Radio 4.

“The story that I have told seems to present this presidency in such a way that it says he can’t do his job.”

“Suddenly everywhere people are going, ‘Oh my God, it’s true, he has no clothes’.

“That’s the background to the perception and the understanding that will finally end … this presidency.”

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