President Donald Trump’s reputation as a blunt speaker once again showed its teeth this weekend. Once again, the media was his target.
On Saturday, President Trump took issue with the upcoming book by author Michael Wolff, Fire and Fury. President Trump called the book a “work of fiction” and disputed the author’s characterizations of his White House.
President Trump said that Wolff’s claims come from his “imagination,” not from facts.
“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…..” President Trump tweeted on Saturday.
This tweet accuses Wolff, who accuses President Trump of mental instability in Fire and Fury, of being part of a media smear machine designed to weaken the Trump administration.
President Trump further made his point by highlighting his accomplishments while talking to the press at Camp David.
“I went to the best colleges. I … was a great student, made billions of billions of dollars, was one of the top business people, went into television and for 10 years was a tremendous success as you’ve probably heard.”
Also on Saturday, President Trump tweeted: “…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…..”
Such claims seem to refute the idea that President Trump is both unstable and infantile.
Shockingly, Fire and Fury quotes liberally from former White House advisor Steve Bannon, the CEO of alt news site Breitbart.
Bannon has long been considered the radical firebrand of President Trump’s nationalist-populist platform. And yet, in Wolff’s book, Bannon complains about the amateurishness of President Trump and complains that Donald Trump, Jr. committed treason by meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign.
President Trump fired back at Bannon, who left the White House in mid-2017, for being too close to journalists, especially potentially biased ones like Wolff.
“Just so you know, I didn’t have an interview, never in the Oval Office. And I did a quick interview with (Wolff) a long time ago having to do with an article. But I don’t know this man. Sloppy Steve brought him in. That’s why sloppy Steve is looking for a job,” the president tweeted.
The president’s hard-charging defense is probably nothing less than a taste of what is to come in 2018.
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