Trump's Bizarre Response to Questions About His Mental Health Left Many Even More Concerned.
Politico first reported:
President Donald Trump mounted an extraordinary counterattack Saturday against the author of an incendiary new book that questions his mental state, declaring himself "very smart" and a "stable genius" and complaining that America's libel laws are "very weak."
On Twitter late Friday night and Saturday, and in remarks to reporters Saturday afternoon, Trump confronted head-on the mounting debate about his fitness for office sparked by a damning new book by journalist Michael Wolff.
Trump suggested in one early morning tweet that the charges were drawn from a Democratic and media "playbook" used to question President Ronald Reagan and suggested to reporters that libel laws should be tougher.
"It's a disgrace that he can do something like this. Libel laws are very weak in this country,” Trump said later at Camp David, where he is meeting with congressional Republican leaders. “If they were stronger, hopefully, you would not have something like that happen.”
Questions about the president's mental health had for months been relegated to the sidelines of the country's political debate. Wolff's book, whose excerpts began to appear early last week, has thrust the issue into the mainstream, forcing White House aides to address it head-on in television interviews and at the daily press briefing.
Even Fox News, the president's most vocal media cheerleader, has started to acknowledge the questions about the president's state of mind, running a segment early Saturday morning titled, "Media questions Trump's mental state."
Trump unleashed his Twitter rant just minutes after the Fox segment, further elevating the issue and ensuring that the topic gets more attention than ever, even as the White House tries to focus on crafting a legislative agenda.
“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.....” the president tweeted at 7:19 a.m.
Several minutes later, Trump added: “...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!"