President Donald Trump early Saturday morning railed against questions concerning his mental stability following the publication of a controversial book about his tenure in the White House, describing himself as being "like, really smart," and saying that he is a "very stable genius."
"Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart," Trump said in his early morning Twitter messages. "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!"
The messages began just after 7 a.m. EST, jumping off with a declaration that Democrats are "taking out the Ronald Reagan playbook" with questions about his stability, while calling the investigation into Russian collusion with his capaign "a total hoax":
"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....." Trump said.
Next, the president said his two greatest assets "have been mental stability and being like, really smart.
"Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart," he said. "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....."
He wrapped up the tweets with his statement about being a "very stable genius" who went on to become president.
The questions about Trump's stability came to the forefront this week through the publication of Michael Wolff's controversial book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" which quoted several White House insiders — in particular, former chief strategist Steve Bannon — in anecdotes that resulted in questions concerning Trump's stability.
The president's allies lined up on Friday to insist that he does not have any issues, while those against Trump used the book as evidence to question the president.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson insisted on Friday that he has never had any reason to question Trump's mental fitness.
Likewise, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, in television appearances and during her Friday afternoon press briefing, strongly defended the president from claims made in the book, which paints Trump as not only being mentally unstable, but that he's out of his depth by being in office.
"It's absolutely insane to think these individuals, reporters and others now all of the sudden have a medical degree and think that they can diagnose somebody, many times that they have never even had a conversation with," Sanders told Fox News' "Fox and Friends."
"It's absolutely outrageous just to make these types of accusations and untrue and sad people are going and making these desperate attempts to attack the president."
Trump confidante and Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy called the claims made in "Fire and Fury" "absolute trash" and said Friday he's never seen evidence that would call the president's stability into question.
"I was with the president in early December, and I spent an hour and a half with him in the private residence, and the conversation was terrific," Ruddy told CNN's "New Day" program, while disputing Wolff's claim that the president often repeats his statements, word for word, throughout the day.
Ruddy mentioned he also was joined by a mutual friend, a respected medical doctor, when meeting with Trump.
"He had no belief and view that the president was mentally incompetent and unfit. This is just an absurdity and it's really trash, actually," Ruddy said.
Meanwhile, Yale psychiatrist Dr. Bandy Lee, who has briefed lawmakers on Trump's psychological state, told Newsweek Friday that she fears Trump's mental health might lead to the extinction of the human species.
"As more time passes, we come closer to the greatest risk of danger, one that could even mean the extinction of the human species," she said. "This is not hyperbole. This is the reality."
Further, she said, if it is possible, "we would be declaring a public health emergency that needs to be responded to as quickly as possible."
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