US President Donald Trump is seeking US$33million to build a wall on Mexico's border, simultaneously declaring himself "a very stable genius" despite growing evidence to the contrary.
As the White House scrambled on Friday to stymie the shocking revelations in "Fire and Fury," a new book by Michael Wolff which exposes the mental instability characterizing Trump's administration, the Washington Post released the financial figures.
According to the Post's report, which it based on a financial plan first presented by the White House, the plan is to construct 500km of new barriers along the Mexican border and reinforce 655km of existing wall.
A total of $18m will go towards construction costs, while $8m have been requested by the US Customs and Border Protection Office to hire additional staff. A further $5m are needed for "new border technologies," along with $1m for new roads.
From the start of his presidential campaign, when he branded undocumented Mexican immigrants "criminals and rapists," to his eventual election, Trump has consistently called for the wall to be built.
When Mexico made it quite clear that it had no intention of footing the bill, Trump turned instead to US taxpayers, vowing the costs would be recouped through commercial tariffs or by slashing assistance to the Mexican government.
On Saturday, as revelations appearing in Wolff's book continued to dominate the international agenda, Trump took once more to Twitter to defend his mental faculties.
In a flurry of tweets – his preferred method of communication – he said: "Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart.
"I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star… to President of the United States (on my first try).
"I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius... and a very stable genius at that!"
Trump is due to undergo medical tests, the results of which will be made public. Alas, the evaluations are physical rather than mental. SAD!