‘I am a very stable genius,’ says Trump
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U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday praised himself as “not smart, but genius... and a very stable genius at that”, following the release of a bombshell new book that called into doubt his mental health.
In a series of early morning tweets, Mr. Trump said that “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!”
Refutes claims in book
Refutes claims in book
Earlier, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson found himself obliged to defend President Donald Trump’s fitness for office Friday after a bombshell new book called into doubt his mental health.
In an extraordinary portion of a television interview on foreign policy challenges, Mr. Tillerson was asked about claims that Mr. Trump has a short attention span, regularly repeats himself and refuses to read briefing notes.
“I’ve never questioned his mental fitness. I’ve had no reason to question his mental fitness,” said Mr. Tillerson, whose office was last year forced to deny reports that he had referred to Trump as a “moron” after a national security meeting.
And, even in defending Mr. Trump, the former ExxonMobil chief executive admitted he has had to learn how to relay information to a President with a very different decision-making style. “I have to learn how he takes information in, processes it and makes decisions,” Mr. Tillerson told CNN. “I’m here to serve his presidency. So I’ve had to spend a lot of time understanding how to best communicate with him.”
But Mr. Tillerson emphasised the right decisions had been made and that the United States is in a stronger place internationally thanks to Mr. Trump’s policies.
“He is not a typical President of the past, I think that’s well recognised — that’s also why the American people chose him,” he said, insisting that he does not expect to be asked to resign in the coming year.
Mr. Tillerson was forced to mount his defence as Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House rushed into bookstores after the White House failed to suppress it.
The book quickly sold out in shops in the U.S. capital, with some people even lining up at midnight to get their hands on it and others circulating pirated copies. Mr. Trump has decried the instant bestseller as “phony” and “full of lies”.