- The Washington Times
Friday, January 5, 2018

Geraldo Rivera fiercely defended President Trump against accusations of mental incompetency Friday morning, saying the president has never been more capable and “intellectually in charge of himself” than he is now.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends,” Mr. Rivera was asked to weigh in on reports that politicians and mental health experts are openly questioning the mental fitness of Mr. Trump.

“That infuriates me,” Mr. Rivera responded. “It is a slander, low-down and dirty. It is absolutely false.”

“This man is as lucid, and as intelligent, and as in intellectually in charge of himself as he has ever been,” Mr. Rivera continued.

“If you look at the learning curve of this man in the first year of his office, and look now how his business acumen and his ability to cheerlead and to encourage and to be the charismatic central focus has taken the American economy from a kind of lackluster, mediocre, kind of wishy washy — President Obama did a fine job in helping recover from the catastrophic crash of 2008, but Donald Trump has jumpstarted the economy in a way that is so impressive that everybody is cheering.

“There’s not a person watching right now, who owns a single share of stock, who isn’t better off today than when President Trump took office,” he added.

Politico reported Wednesday that more than a dozen Congress members recently met with Yale University psychiatry professor Dr. Bandy X. Lee, editor of “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President,” to discuss Mr. Trump’s mental health.

“He’s going to unravel, and we are seeing the signs,” Dr. Lee told Politico. “We feel that the rush of tweeting is an indication of his falling apart under stress. Trump is going to get worse and will become uncontainable with the pressures of the presidency.”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dismissed the claims as “disgraceful and laughable.”

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