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Donald Trump continued to attack a new book suggesting he is mentally unfit for office. On Sunday, the US president tweeted, I've had to put up with the fake news from the first day I announced that I would be running for President. Now I have to put up with a fake book, written by a totally discredited author.
Ronald Reagan had the same problem and handled it well, so will I. President Reagan died of complications related to Alzheimers, a degenerative disease that causes dementia and memory loss. There are competing claims as to whether Reagan suffered symptoms while in office. The book about Trump, Fire and Fury by media columnist Michael Wolf, was published Friday and quickly sold out in many book shops.
The account of the president's first year in office portrays an inept commander in chief and a bumbling White House staffed by aides who question Trump's mental fitness. On Saturday Trump on Twitter asserted that he was in fact perfectly fit for the role calling himself, quote, genius and a very stable genius at that.
The fall out from the book also closing a chapter on Trump's political alliance with former White House Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon. Bannon is quoted extensively in Fire and Fury, insulting Trump and his family. The White House now insists that Bannon, often described as an architect of Trump's far-right nationalist and anti-immigrant platform, had nothing to do with the presidency.
News site Axios on Sunday reported that Bannon sent Trump an apology. In a statement, Bannon joined others cited in the book, claiming he'd been quoted out of context.