Trump on White House book: I’m a ‘very stable genius’ and ‘like, really smart’

US president boasts about his ‘greatest assets’ in latest pushback against new bombshell bestseller on his administration

US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One before leaving the White House on January 5, 2018. (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)
US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One before leaving the White House on January 5, 2018. (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)

WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump on Saturday praised himself as “not smart, but genius… and a very stable genius at that,” following the release of a bombshell new book that called into doubt his mental health.

In a series of early morning tweets, Trump said that “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!”

The White House has been pushing back forcefully against a new supposed tell-all book — Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” — which was rushed into bookstores after the Trump administration failed to suppress it.

Copies of the book “Fire and Fury” by author Michael Wolff are displayed on a shelf at Book Passage on January 5, 2018, in Corte Madera, California.(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP)

Journalist Wolff, no stranger to controversy, quotes several key Trump aides expressing doubt about Trump’s ability to lead the world’s largest economy and military hegemon.

Wolff said Saturday that his book will “end” the presidency of the former real estate mogul.

Speaking with BBC radio, the author said that his work has had “a very clear emperor-has-no-clothes effect.”

“Suddenly everywhere people are going ‘oh my God, it’s true, he has no clothes.’ That’s the background to the perception and the understanding that will finally end…this presidency.”

He added that his story “seems to present this presidency in such a way that it says he can’t do his job.”

Michael Wolff (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Wolff’s book, published Friday, paints Trump as a leader who doesn’t understand the weight of his office and spends his evenings eating cheeseburgers in bed, watching television, and talking on the phone to old friends.

The book claims that for “Steve Mnuchin and Reince Priebus, the president was an ‘idiot.’ For Gary Cohn, he was ‘dumb as shit.’ For H.R. McMaster, he was a ‘dope.’ The list went on.” The excerpt refers to Trump’s treasury secretary, former chief-of-staff, economic adviser and national security adviser, respectively.

The story extensively quotes Trump’s former ally and chief strategist Stephen Bannon, who accuses the president’s eldest son Don Jr of “treasonous” contacts with a Kremlin-linked lawyer, and characterizes the president’s daughter Ivanka as “dumb as a brick.”

Trump called the book “untruthful” and “full of lies” in a series of tweets over the past few days.

“Michael Wolff is a total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book,” Trump tweeted late Friday evening local time.

This February 11, 2017, file photo shows Steve Bannon, then US President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. (AFP Photo/Nicholas Kamm)

The president also claimed that Bannon “cried when he got fired and begged for his job. Now Sloppy Steve has been dumped like a dog by almost everyone. Too bad!”

Trump tweeted Friday that he gave “Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times) for author of phony book! I never spoke to him for book.”

But in a Friday interview with NBC’s “Today” show, Wolff insisted that he absolutely spoke to the president. “Whether he realized it was an interview or not, I don’t know, but it certainly was not off the record,” said Wolff.

The book quickly sold out in shops in the US capital, with some even lining up at midnight to get their hands on it and others circulating pirated copies.

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