"I've never questioned his mental fitness".
Trump later said that Bannon had very little to do with Trump's presidential victory.
"I absolutely spoke to the president". Do his staffers really think he's basically an overgrown child? "Whether he realised it was an interview or not, I don't know, but it was certainly not off the record", Wolff said on NBC's "Today" program, adding he had spoken to people who spoke to Trump on a daily, "sometimes minute-by-minute" basis.
Trump cited as evidence his accomplishments in business and entertainment, as well as his ascent to the Presidency "on my first try".
President Donald Trump took to Twitter Saturday morning to defend his mental state against a flurry of anecdotes and attacks stemming from journalist Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury, an insider account of the first year of the Trump presidency. Bannon was a source for author Michael Wolff's latest book Fire and Fury.
"It was a turning point", the book reveals.
Bannon's reaction to the controversy has been muted.
The same has been said in more delicate ways about the president's understanding of other issues. Some insiders insist it is, that in the White House, particularly under current Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and after the departure of Stephen K. Bannon and the lowering of Jared Kushner's profile, day-to-day operations are less chaotic than they were during the first half of 2017. "It's all about him".
It could go down as the greatest unintentional marketing campaign in history. I went into television and for 10 years was a tremendous success, as you probably have heard.
But the President did concede that he did a "quick interview with him a long time ago".
But the president has also lost a fall guy for devastating political miscalculations, like his decision to criticize "both sides" after last summer's violence at a white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Trump said the book was "a disgrace" and suggested the United States needs stronger libel laws. Meanwhile, Trump has slammed 'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House' as "boring" and "untruthful", and lambasted his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, for his contribution to the book.
"The drama is really what's driving interest", she said. Trump said "Sloppy Steve brought him into the White House quite a bit, and that's why Sloppy Steve is looking for a new job".
"It was great timing for us", Schwartz added.
Trump's lawyers initially tried to block publication of the book, describing it as defamatory and libelous.
"The level of concern by the public is now enormous", said Bandy X. Lee, a forensic psychiatrist at the Yale School of Medicine and the editor of "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President", a book released last fall. "Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books".
The split with Bannon provides an opportunity for Trump, but not without risk.
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