The president of the world’s largest economy has defended his mental state, declaring himself to be a “very stable genius” amid questions raised by an explosive new book that quotes senior aides in the White House questioning his fitness for office.
In a flurry of Twitter posts sent from the Camp David presidential retreat on Saturday, Donald Trump portrayed the doubts about his mental acuity as elements in a broad conspiracy including the investigation now under way into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible links to his campaign.
“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.” Mr Trump said.
“ . . . 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,” he said. “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!”
Speaking with reporters later he said he had felt the need to defend his mental state because he had attended “the best college”, been a “very excellent student”, had gone on to make “billions and billions” in business before being a “tremendous success” on television and winning the presidency.