President Donald Trump on Saturday morning launched a series of tweets attacking the media for “screaming mental stability and intelligence” in the wake of reports about the president’s wellbeing and governing style contained in an incendiary book about the Trump administration released this week.
“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.....” the president tweeted at 7:19 a.m., hours before meeting with congressional GOP leaders at Camp David.
Several minutes later, Trump 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!"
Trump began tweeting at 7:49 a.m. Saturday by touting the statistic contained in Friday’s jobs report that African American unemployment had fallen to 6.8 percent, which the president said made him “so happy.”
He followed that eight minutes later with a tweet attacking ABC reporter Brian Ross, who misreported in December that Trump’s fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had sought meetings with Russian officials before the election (it was later revealed to be early in the transition):
“Brian Ross, the reporter who made a fraudulent live newscast about me that drove the Stock Market down 350 points (billions of dollars), was suspended for a month but is now back at ABC NEWS in a lower capacity. He is no longer allowed to report on Trump. Should have been fired!”
ABC news apologized for the report and suspended Ross. It was reported Friday that Ross has been demoted on his return to the network.
Late Friday night, Trump tweeted a further rebuke of author Michael Wolff, whose book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” has captivated Washington since it went on sale Thursday, calling him a “total loser.”