Trump's Aides Rise to His Defense; Trump Says, 'I'm a Very Stable Genius'

By Susan Jones | January 8, 2018 | 6:51am EST
President Donald Trump leaves for Camp David on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. (Photo: Screen grab/C-SPAN)

( - "I’ve had to put up with the Fake News from the first day I announced that I would be running for President," President Trump tweeted on Sunday. "Now I have to put up with a Fake Book, written by a totally discredited author. Ronald Reagan had the same problem and handled it well. So will I!"

Trump also defended his intelligence and mental state that Michael Wolff's new book calls into question, not factually but anecdotally:

"Now that Russian collusion, after one year of intense study, has proven to be a total hoax on the American public, the Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media, are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence," Trump tweeted on Saturday.

"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 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 president tweeted.

Several of Trump's appointees went on the Sunday talk shows to back him up:

Pompeo: Trump 'completely fit' to be president

CIA Director Mike Pompeo called Wolff's portrayal of the president ("They say he's a moron, an idiot") as "absurd."

"I mean, just pure fantasy," Pompeo said. "My personal experience -- I was with the president yesterday at Camp David. I'm with him almost every day. When we talk about some of the most serious matters facing America and the world, complex issues, the president is engaged, he understands the complexity, he asks really difficult questions of our team at the CIA so that we can provide him the information that he needs to make good informed policy decisions.

And I watched him do that. I watched him take the information that the intelligence community delivers and translate that into policies that are of enormous benefit to America. Statements like the one Mr. Wolff made about how we all think about the president are just ridiculous on their face. They are frankly beneath the conversation this morning, Chris."

Pompeo said Donald Trump is "completely fit" to be president, and he said people who suggest otherwise "just have not yet accepted the fact that President Trump is the United States president. And I'm sorry for them in that."

Host Chris Wallace brought up Trump's tweet about being a "very stable genius."

"The CIA does psychological profiles of world leaders routinely," Wallace noted. " What would you say about a world leader who refers to himself as a very stable genius?"

"Chris, I'm not going to dignify that question with a response," Pompeo responded. "This is a man who is leading the United States of America, and who engages with intelligence community in ways that are sophisticated. He deals with the most complex issues and has handled them in a way that I have great admiration and respect for. We're keeping America safe and President Trump is completely capable of working alongside of us and leading us in that effort."

Ambassador Haley: At WH, 'No one questions the stability of the president'

On ABC's "This Week," U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley was asked if she's seen Trump behave in a way "that concerns you."

"I'm always amazed at the lengths people will go to to lie for money and for power," Haley said, speaking of Wolff's book, "Fire and Fury." She added that Wolff has taken things "to a whole new low."

"I will tell you, I have not read the book, I won't read it, but the excerpts that I have seen and the things that I have seen in the press, I know those people in the White House. I'm there once a week. These people love their country and respect our president. I have never seen or heard the type of toxic language that they're talking about.

"Now, I'm not there seven days a week, but I'm there once a week, and I'm there for a day with White House meetings and everything, no one questions the stability of the president."

On the question of Trump's stability, Haley had some questions of her own: Was he unstable when he passed the tax reform? Was he unstable when we finally hit back at Syria and said no more chemical weapons? Was he unstable when we finally put North Korea on notice? Was he unstable when he said, wait, we need to look at Iran because this is getting to be a dangerous situation? Was he unstable with the jobs or the economy or the stock market?

"We need to be realistic at the fact that every person, regardless of race, religion, or party, who loves the country, should support this president. It's that important."

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