WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump felt compelled Saturday to let the world know heâ€™s playing with all his marbles and is among the sharpest cookies around.
In a series of tweets, Trump defended his mental fitness and boasted about his brains, saying he is â€ślike, really smartâ€ť and â€śa very stable genius.â€ť It was the latest pushback against a new book that portrays him as a leader who doesnâ€™t understand the weight of his office and whose competence is questioned by aides.
â€śActually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart,â€ť 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.
And when Trump addressed reporters later, the Ivy League graduate was ready for the question.
â€śI went to the best colleges for college,â€ť said Trump, who holds a bachelorâ€™s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. â€śI 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.â€ť
His ire was directed at Michael Wolff, author of â€śFire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.â€ť The book draws a derogatory portrait of the 45th president as an undisciplined man-child who didnâ€™t actually want to win the White House, and who spends his evenings eating cheeseburgers in bed, watching television and talking on the telephone to old friends.