Donald Trump has claimed his two greatest assets are his mental stability and “being, like, really smart”.
In a series of early-morning tweets, the US President hit back at questions about his capacity for office after revelations in Michael Wolff’s explosive new book renewed scrutiny of his mental health.
“The Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media, are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence,” Mr Trump wrote.
He added: “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!”
Mr Trump’s fitness for office has been repeatedly questioned by critics since he entered the White House, with some invoking the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution, which lays out the procedure for removing a President deemed “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office”.
Democratic members of Congress have called for the President to undergo psychological evaluation to establish if he was fit for office, while a Yale psychiatry professor told US lawmakers she believes Mr Trump’s mental was “unravelling” and posed “public health risk” if he remained in the White House.
The publication of Mr Wolff’s book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, this week shed light on apparent concerns among the President’s aides over his mental state.
“Everybody was painfully aware of the increasing pace of his [Mr Trump’s] repetitions,” the author writes.
“It used to be inside of 30 minutes he’d repeat, word-for-word and expression-for-expression, the same three stories – now it was within 10 minutes. Indeed, many of his tweets were the product of his repetitions – he just couldn’t stop saying something.”