Trump: Tillerson 'never questioned' president's mental health

Trump: Tillerson 'never questioned' president's mental health
From BBC - January 5, 2018

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he has "never questioned" President Trump's mental health after the author of controversial book said his staff saw him as a "child".

Michael Wolff says Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House is based on about 200 interviews.

The book has now gone on sale early despite the president's attempts to block its publication.

Mr Trump says the book is "full of lies".

He said it was being pushed by the media and others to hurt him. He added: "They should try winning an election. Sad!"

Mr Tillerson - who reportedly called Mr Trump a "moron" earlier this year - told CNN: "I have no reason to question his mental fitness."

He said Mr Trump was "not typical of presidents of the past".

"I think that's well recognized. That's also though why the American people chose him," he said.

On Friday, Mr Trump refused to answer questions about the book as he departed for Camp David from the White House. Mr Trump will spend two days meeting top Republicans at the retreat to discuss his legislative priorities for the year ahead.

Wolff said that White House staff described the president as childlike because "he has the need for immediate gratification. It's all about him... This man does not read, does not listen. He's like a pinball just shooting off the sides."

Despite the storm over the book, the Trump administration has been pressing ahead with its agenda. On Thursday it:

Mr Tillerson added that he had a "developing relationship" with the president and denied speculation that he was set to quit the White House after a rumoured rift, saying he would serve for the whole of 2018.

"In terms of what I would do different, I am going to build on my ability to communicate with the president better," he told CNN.

What does Wolff say about his research?

The president said he had not given Wolff access to the White House nor spoken to him for the book.

But Wolff responded: "What was I doing there if he did not want me to be there? I absolutely spoke to the president... It was not off the record."

He said he had spent three hours with Mr Trump in total, both during the election campaign and after the inauguration.

Hitting back in a television interview at the White House attacks, he said the president had no credibility and that "100% of the people around him" question his fitness for office.

What is in the book?

Will it actually hurt Trump?

What will happen to Steve Bannon?


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