Trump defends mental fitness in wake of questions raised in new book

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Wolff went easy on his source Steve Bannon, even as the former White House chief strategist attempted in a statement Sunday to distance himself from the book that has infuriated the president.

Allies of Donald Trump have lined up to defend his mental stability in the face of a tell-all-style book that says his entire entourage views the US president as unwell, compares him to a child, and discusses whether he might be removed from office. The comments drew a furious response from President Trump, who said Bannon "had lost his mind".

Bannon's departure from Breitbart was announced on Tuesday internally to staffers, who were reportedly stunned.

Both sides are thus confirmed in their prior assumptions: It reinforces Trump's opponents in their negative opinion of the president, and Trump's supporters in their negative opinions of the media.

Wolff's book portrays the 45th president as a leader who doesn't understand the weight of his office and whose competence is questioned by aides.

The tweets were another sign of Trump's frustration at what he views as unfair treatment by the news media of his presidency amid a federal investigation into whether he or his campaign aides colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign, in which he defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton. He then was elevated to Trump's chief strategist at the White House, where he reported directly to the president, essentially giving him equal footing with then-chief of staff Reince Priebus and Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner (and later, Trump's daughter, Ivanka).

Gidley spoke to reporters on Monday aboard Air Force One as Trump traveled to Nashville, Tennessee.

Bannon's ouster from Breitbart is just the latest chapter in the rise and fall of the unlikely Washington character. Rebekah Mercer, who remained one of the owners, issued a statement saying the writing was on the wall, denouncing Bannon for what he had to say. For Donald Trump, however, the hours are roughly 11-6, and getting shorter.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders maintained last week, however, that Mr Trump's relationship with the Mercer family was "good". Today Breitbart is known as the platform for the alt-right.

When pressed if he would release tapes of his interviews, he pushed back.

He has no idea how many copies have been sold since its surprise resurgence in popularity but he told the BBC: "I don't think I'm going to buy a cottage on the back of this". Nobody saw this book coming, nobody saw that it would be as big as it seems to be.

Since much of Trump's national celebrity was created by way of his reality TV show "The Apprentice", that makes a natural lens through which to view the shallow lunacy of his presidency.

Murdoch, however, then informed Trump that "for eight years these guys had Obama in their pocket", sharing a sentiment common among traditional media executives. And the second thing is, you know, in some ways, he did represent the spear that provided an injury and in some ways exposed the widening fissures within the Republican Party and the conservative movement itself. And you know, will there be another rise again? "I don't think that we need to make excuses for people who embody that level of sloppiness", she said.

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