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MARYLAND---United States Pres-
ident Donald Trump has rejected
doubts over his mental health
raised in a bombshell new book,
describing the book as " iction"
and the author as a "fraud".
His remarks followed an earlier
rebuttal on Twitter, in which the
president claimed he was a "very
stable genius" who was "like, very
Michael Wolff 's new book sug-
gests that even the president's
closest advisers question his it-
ness for of ice.
The row has overshadowed key
talks on the Republican party's
Speaking to reporters after
meeting with senior party mem-
bers at Camp David yesterday, the
president disputed Mr Wolff 's ac-
count, claiming it was a "work of
Addressing the questions about
his mental capacity, he said: "I
went to the best colleges, I had a
situation where I was a very excel-
lent student, came out and made
billions and billions of dollars, be-
came one of the top business peo-
ple, went to television and for ten
years was a tremendous success,
as you probably have heard."
He disputed Mr Wolff 's claim of
a three-hour on the record inter-
view between the two. "It didn't
exist, it's in his imagination," Mr
Trump said, while acknowledging
that he had been interviewed by
the author at some point.
The book, Fire and Fury: Inside
the Trump White House, paints a
picture of the president as impa-
tient, unable to grasp policy, and
prone to rambling and repeating
The fallout from the book has
loomed over the Camp David
meeting---a gathering of key Re-
publicans designed to thrash out
legislative priorities for 2018.
Mr Trump gave a press confer-
ence at the presidential retreat,
flanked by Senate Majority Leader
Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the
House Paul Ryan, Vice-President
Mike Pence and other senior Re-
The president, who has previ-
ously derided Camp David and
opted instead to stay at his Flor-
ida club, Mar-a-Lago, told report-
ers that the retreat was a "very
special place" with a "feeling you
don't have in many places".
While short on detail, the pres-
ident said the gathered Republi-
cans had "a couple of incredible
meetings" and discussed "secu-
rity, infrastructure, the military,
all types of military situations".
On North Korea, he said he
hoped rare talks between North
and South Korea will go "beyond
the Olympics," with the US joining
the process at the "appropriate
He said the country would
ight the scourge of drug addic-
tion, and praised the success of
countries that have treated the
problem "harshly" -- "those are
the ones that have much less dif i-
culty," he added.
North America's East Coast is shiv-
ering in a record-breaking freeze
in the wake of a deadly "bomb cy-
clone" that dumped snow as far
south as Florida.
In parts of US and Canada, tem-
peratures were forecast to fall
below -20°F (-29°C), with wind
chill making it feel more like -90°F
(-67°C) on Friday night.
In Canada, high winds have
knocked out power for tens of
thousands of residents in Nova
Thousands of snow ploughs are
clearing roads across the US East
The extreme weather has so far
been linked to up to 19 deaths in
the US and two more in Canada,
according to reports.
Four deaths were reported in
traf ic accidents in North and
South Carolina. Further fatalities
occurred in Wisconsin, Kentucky
Travellers at New York's JFK
airport reported chaos at ter-
minals on Friday and Saturday,
and hours-long waits in aircraft
stranded waiting for a gate.
One passenger tweeted to say
people were calling the police and
threatening to break the doors
open after hours waiting aboard a
flight from Montreal.
Amid the chaos at JFK, two
passenger jets collided early yes-
terday, according to of icials from
the Port Authority, which man-
ages the airport. The right wing
of a China Southern plane struck
the tail of a Kuwait airliner.
In a separate incident, two
planes collided at Toronto's Pear-
son airport late on Friday night,
sparking a ire on one aircraft and
requiring passengers to evacuate
via emergency slides in the cold.
The National Weather Service
(NWS) said dangerously low tem-
peratures are expected through
until tomorrow, as an arctic surge
brought freezing air down from
the North North Pole.
New Hampshire's Mount Wash-
ington, which boasts of having
the "world's worst weather", ex-
perienced record low wind-chill
temperatures of -90°F (-67°C) on
In Massachusetts, residents of
Boston, which received over 1ft
(30cm) of snowfall, were clearing
the streets with shovels. Boston
harbour's tide gauge matched its
record at 15.1ft, previously set dur-
ing the great blizzard of 1978.
Legendary astronaut John Young,
who walked on the moon and
later commanded the irst space
shuttle flight, has died, NASA said
yesterday. Young was 87.
The space agency said Young
died Friday night at home in
Houston following complications
NASA called Young one of its
pioneers---the only agency astro-
naut to go into space as part of the
Gemini, Apollo and space shuttle
programs, and the irst to fly into
space six times. He was the ninth
man to walk on the moon.
"Astronaut John Young's storied
career spanned three generations
of spaceflight," acting NASA ad-
ministrator Robert Lightfoot said
in an emailed statement. "John
was one of that group of early
space pioneers whose bravery
and commitment sparked our na-
tion's irst great achievements in
Counting his takeoff from the
moon in 1972 as commander of
Apollo 16, his blastoff tally stood
at seven, for decades a world re-
He flew twice during the two-
man Gemini missions of the mid-
1960s, twice to the moon during
NASA's Apollo program, and twice
more aboard the space shuttle Co-
lumbia in the early 1980s. (AP)
Saudi authorities have arrested 11
princes for holding a protest at a
royal palace in the capital Riyadh.
The group were angered by the
government's decision to stop
paying the water and ener y bills
of royals. Those involved have not
The government is currently at-
tempting a major economic over-
haul to reduce its dependence on
Public spending has been tar-
geted, including the lifting of
some government subsidies.
The kingdom has roughly dou-
bled domestic petrol prices and
introduced a ive per cent tax on
most goods and services, includ-
ing food and utility bills.
News of the sit-in was irst re-
ported on the Saudi website Sadq.
The princes also said they
wanted compensation after one
of their cousins was handed the
death sentence for an unspeci ied
crime, according to Sadq.
A statement from the Saudi
public prosecutor seen by Reu-
ters con irmed the arrests. It said
the men were being held in prison
on charges of disturbing public
peace and order. (BBC)
A queue for Fire and Fury at Kramerbooks, in Washington.
Trump responds to new book
US shivers amid record-breaking low temperatures
A woman shovels snow in
Boston, on Friday. PICTURE AP
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