President Trump predicted on Tuesday that he would beat Oprah Winfrey in 2020 if she ran for president.
“I’ll beat Oprah,” Trump told reporters at the White House during a bipartisan immigration meeting with lawmakers on Tuesday. “Oprah will be a lot of fun.”
“I did one of her last shows,” he said, likely referring to a guest appearance on her former talk show. “I like Oprah.”
“I don’t think she’s going to run, I know her very well.”
Talk of Winfrey’s presidential intentions exploded this week after the media mogul delivered a speech about sexual harassment at the Golden Globe awards ceremony. Winfrey has not expressed a direct interest in seeking the Democratic nomination for president.
Tuesday morning, close friends said Oprah was unlikely to run, and that the rumor started when her partner, Stedman Graham, misinterpreted a question about her possible candidacy.
Amid the heightened focus on Oprah, several old video clips of Donald Trump that showed him praising Winfrey and floating her as a potential running mate should he ever run for president began to circulate on social media.
In 1999, who did Donald Trump say he’d pick as a female running mate if he ever ran for president?
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