Though we’ve long suspected that President Donald Trump isn’t exactly the sharpest knife in the proverbial drawer, a new book suggests that the president is so intellectually incurious and historically ignorant that he believes the U.S. Constitution is written in a way that makes it sound “like a foreign language.”

That’s one of the revelations from a fascinating new book written by Washington Post reporters Philip Rucker and Carol D. Leonnig entitled A Very Stable Genius.

Shortly after he had taken office, Trump began demanding to staff that they set up a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin as soon as possible:

Early in his administration, for instance, Trump is eager to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin — so much so, the authors write, “that during the transition he interrupts an interview with one of his secretary of state candidates” to inquire about his pressing desire: “When can I meet Putin? Can I meet with him before the inaugural ceremony?” he asks.

After the two leaders meet face-to-face for the first time — 168 days into his presidency at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg — Trump promptly declares himself a Russia expert, dismissing the expertise of then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who had worked closely with Putin since the 1990s, when Tillerson was working his way up the ExxonMobil corporate ladder and doing business with Russia.

And then there’s the matter of the Constitution, which became an issue when Trump was invited to participate in a project which would honor the document that serves as the foundation for law and government:

Early in his presidency, Trump agrees to participate in an HBO documentary that features judges and lawmakers — as well as all the living presidents — reading aloud from the Constitution. But Trump struggles and stumbles over the text, blaming others in the room for his mistakes and griping, “It’s like a foreign language.”

So the next time you listen to Trump speak and wonder just how ill-informed one man can be, keep in mind this is the same person who thinks the most important document in American government sounds like a foreign language.

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