President Donald Trump has hit back against claims that White House employees believed his “mental powers were slipping”, describing himself on Twitter on Saturday morning as a “very stable genius” and “like, really smart.”
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The claims, published in journalist Michael Wolff's explosive book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, sparked a stream of furious posts from the president, who is at Camp David this weekend for meetings with Republican leaders.
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On Friday night, the president described Wolff, a veteran but controversial reporter, as “a total loser” who made up stories for his “really boring and untruthful book.”
Trump also attacked Steve Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News and ousted presidential chief strategist who spoke to Wolff for the book and mocked the president's children.
In recent months, some Democrats began reaching out to mental health experts with the aim of removing the president from office.
Trump's intelligence, too, has been mocked — even by his own staff.
In November, sources revealed to BuzzFeed News that National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told guests at a private dinner that the president has the intelligence of a “kindergartner.”
NBC News also reported that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Trump a “moron” after a July meeting.