Trump defended his mental fitness in a series of tweets saying:
….Actually, 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…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2018
President Trump tweeted from Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland, a few hours before a strategy session on the 2018 legislative agenda with Republican congressional leaders and Cabinet members.
The book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff highlights critical descriptions of Trump’s behavior, jumbled interactions among senior White House staff, and disparaging comments about the Trump family by former White House Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon. Trump is represented as being held in low regard by his White House staff, leading Wolff to state that “100% of the people around him” does not believe in Trump’s competence and believe that he is unfit for office.
Later, when Trump addressed reporters, the Ivy League graduate was ready to answer these derogatory accusations:
“I went to the best colleges for college, I had a situation where I was a very excellent student, came out, made billions and billions of dollars, became one of the top business people, went to television and for 10 years was a tremendous success, as you probably have heard, ran for president one time and won.”
— Donald J. Trump, who did his bachelors from the University of Pennsylvania.
As for the allegations made in Wolff’s book he said: “I consider it a work of fiction,” Trump told reporters. “The libel laws are very weak in this country. If they were strong, it would be very helpful. You wouldn’t have things like that happen where you can say whatever comes to your head.”
He even called the former White House Chief Strategist sloppy, saying that “I don’t know this man. I guess sloppy Steve brought him in the White House quite a bit and it was one of those things. That’s why sloppy Steve is now looking for a job,”
The talk about Trump’s mental fitness for office has increased in recent months on cable news and political shows and even among Democrats in Congress. But on the other hand, Trump’s supporters call all these accusations just a publicity stunt and “something to get famous for”. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders this week called such propositions “disgraceful and laughable.”
“If he was unfit, he probably wouldn’t be sitting there and wouldn’t have defeated the most qualified group of candidates the Republican Party has ever seen,” she said, calling him “an incredibly strong and good leader,” she said.