Trump rejects author's accusations, tweets he's 'a very stable genius'

U.S. President Donald Trump has rejected an author's accusations that he is mentally unfit for office and says his track record shows he is "a very stable genius."

U.S. president boasts of 'mental stability' and being 'really smart' in response to Michael Wolff's book

U.S. President Donald Trump departs for Camp David from the White House on Friday. His weekend meetings with top officials will focus on a legislative strategy ahead of congressional elections set for November. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday rejected an author's accusations that he is mentally unfit for office and said his track record showed he is "a very stable genius."

Michael Wolff, who was granted unusually wide access to the White House during much of Trump's first year, has said in promoting his new book that Trump is unfit for the presidency.

Trump, in a series of morning tweets, said his 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 Alzheimer's 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.

"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 made the comments from the presidential retreat at Camp David, Md., where he was meeting Republican congressional leaders about their legislative agenda for the year.

During a break in the meetings, Trump referred to Wolff as "a fraud" and said he considers his book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House a "work of fiction," adding, "I think it's a disgrace that somebody's able to do something like that."

Trump tried to block publication of Michael Wolff's book with a cease and desist letter. (Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press)

Wolff's book has proved to be another shock to the system for Trump and his top aides, coming just as he starts his second year in office.

Wolff told BBC Radio in an interview broadcast on Saturday that he believed Trump is unfit for office.

He told NBC News on Friday that White House staff around Trump treated him like a child.

Author Michael Wolff, shown on NBC's Today show on Friday, has been doing the talk-show circuit to promote his new bestseller Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, which addresses controversial topics like the U.S. president's mental fitness. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

"The one description that everyone gave, everyone has in common — they all say he is like a child," Wolff said. "And what they mean by that, he has a 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."

Trump is to undergo a physical examination on Jan. 12, the first of his presidency. 

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With files from CBC News