President of the United States Donald Trump on Tuesday weighed in on fevered speculation about a potential 2020 White House bid by Oprah Winfrey, saying she probably would not run against him, but if she did, he would win.
“I’ll beat Oprah,” Trump said of the Oscar-nominated actress and talk show host.
“I like Oprah,” he said, noting that he had appeared on her long-running afternoon program.
“I know her very well,” he said, before adding: “I don’t think she’s going to run.”
Winfrey’s rousing speech at Sunday’s Golden Globes Awards ceremony ignited speculation that the billionaire talk show queen is harboring Oval Office ambitions.
Some Democrats — still reeling from Hillary Clinton’s shock loss to Trump in 2016 — have embraced the idea of having their own celebrity candidate.
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But there is little indication that the 63-year-old actually wants the job.
“I don’t think at this point she is actually considering it,” said Winfrey’s best friend Gayle King, who is also a television personality.
King suggested, however, that the actress was “intrigued” by the idea of running.
“I also know, after years of watching the Oprah show, you always have the right to change your mind, I don’t think at this point she’s actually considering it.” she said.
However, CNN, citing two of Winfrey’s close friends, reported on Monday that the television and movie producer and actress was actively thinking about a White House bid.
Winfrey has raised millions of dollars for various causes, including shelters for battered women but, like Trump when he launched his White House campaign, she has no prior experience in government.
Trump, a businessman and former reality TV star, based part of his appeal on the fact he was truly not a Washington insider.