Following speculations that former talk show host, Oprah Winfrey will run for president in 2020, current president, Donald Trump has disclosed that she (Oprah) will probably not run against him and even if she did, he would still 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.”
On Sunday, Winfrey took the podium at the Golden Globes Awards ceremony as she accepted her award, after which she gave a speech that has roused many to call for her to run for president in 2020.
Some Democrats — still reeling from Hillary Clinton’s shock loss to Trump in 2016 — have embraced the idea of having their own celebrity candidate. But there is little indication that the 63-year-old actually wants to do this.
According to Winfrey’s best friend Gayle King, “I don’t think at this point she is actually considering it.” King suggested, however, that the actress was “intrigued” by the idea of running.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders was also drawn into the speculation on Tuesday about a potential Winfrey candidacy.
Asked by a reporter whether she had any advice for an “outsider” considering a White House run, Sanders said: “I’m not going to focus on anyone’s campaign other than President Trump’s re-election.”
“I’m sure if she decides to run, which I think the president states he doesn’t feel she will, I’m sure she’ll have help with that,” Sanders added.
Sanders was also asked whether she believed Winfrey was qualified to run for president.
“Look, I disagree very much on her policies,” the spokeswoman said. “Is she a successful individual? Absolutely.
“But in terms of where she stands on a number of positions, I would find a lot of problems with that,” Sanders said. “But that would be something she would have to determine and lay out if she made a decision to run.”
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