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Trump rejects author's accusations, calls self 'stable genius'

From Reuters - January 6, 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday rejected an authors accusations that he is mentally unfit for office and said his business career and election victory showed he is a very stable genius.

Michael Wolff, who was granted unusually wide access to the White House during much of Trumps first year, has said in promoting his book that Trump is unfit for the presidency. He told BBC Radio in an interview broadcast on Saturday that his book is creating the perception and the understanding that will finally end ... this presidency.

Trump battled back in a series of extraordinary morning posts on Twitter, which appeared to catch some in his inner circle off guard.

Trump said Democratic critics and the U.S. 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.

Reagan, a Republican who was the U.S. president from 1981-1989, was diagnosed with Alzheimers disease in 1994 and died in 2004.

Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart, said Trump, a former reality TV star and developer.

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!

Trump, 71, sent the tweets from the presidential retreat at Camp David, Maryland, where he discussed a legislative agenda for the year with Republican congressional leaders and many Cabinet secretaries.

Wolffs book, Fire and Fury - Inside the Trump White House, portrays Trump as unfocused, unprepared and petty while presiding over a chaotic White House.

Trump, answering questions from reporters at Camp David after the meeting, called Wolff a fraud and said the book is a complete work of fiction.

I think its a disgrace, he said.

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