Trump calls himself "a very stable genius", slams Michael Wolff

08 January, 2018, 02:02 | Author: Andrea Terry
  • Wolff on Bannon statement 'This is not true'

Even before the book, mental health professionals, Democrats and even some Republican legislators raised concerns about Trump.

Bannon infuriated Trump with comments to author Michael Wolff describing a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in NY between Donald Trump Jr., Trump campaign aides and a Russian lawyer as "treasonous" and "unpatriotic". She did not give a date, or say whether it would be a full state visit or a lower-key working trip.

The interview turned into a contentious shouting match as Miller sought to highlight Trump's "political genius", and host Jake Tapper tried to move into questions addressing Trump's fitness as commander in chief, a topic central to the book.

"I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star to President of the United States (on my first try)".

Donald Trump oddly pointed to the media's coverage of Ronald Reagan as the president scrambled to bolster his image as mentally fit, characterizing himself as a "very stable genius and "being, like, really smart".

"I consider it a work of fiction and I think it's a disgrace that somebody is able to have something, do something like that", Trump said.

Wolff's book draws a derogatory portrait of Trump as an undisciplined man-child who didn't actually want to win the White House and who spends his evenings eating cheeseburgers in bed, watching television and talking on the telephone to old friends.

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said that she is at the White House once a week, and "no one questions the stability of the president". I ran for president one time and won and then I hear this guy who doesn't know me at all'.


Trump said Democratic critics and the US news media were bringing up the "old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence" since they have not been able to bring him down in other ways.

During the press conference, Trump also addressed recent reports that he had asked for Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation, saying that "Everything I've done is 100 percent proper".

When Mr Trump addressed reporters later, the Ivy League graduate was ready for the question. Wolff has said he spoke to Trump but that the president may not have known he was being interviewed.

U.S. President Donald Trump's former strategist Steve Bannon on Sunday backed away from derogatory comments ascribed to him about Trump's son in a new book that sparked White House outrage and could threaten Bannon's influence as a would-be conservative power broker.

The book's author, Miller said, "is a garbage author of a garbage book. nothing but a pile of trash".

The president also pushed back on the notion that writer Michael Wolff had extraordinary access to the West Wing, saying he had never sat with Wolff for an interview related to the book and that the author was never in the Oval Office.

White House officials and Trump's high-profile supporters have launched an effort to raise doubts about Wolff's credibility.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders this week called such suggestions "disgraceful and laughable".

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