Trump: I’d beat Oprah Winfrey if she ran
Talk of media mogul Winfrey making a White House bid was sparked following her rousing speech at the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles.
But Trump told reporters on Tuesday: “I’ll beat Oprah. Oprah would be a lot of fun. I know her very well.”
The President noted that he and his family were on one of the final episodes of her syndicated talk show.
“I like Oprah. I don’t think she’s going to run,” Trump added.
Winfrey’s friend, CBS This Morning host Gayle King, said she spoke to the TV mogul on Monday night and she was “intrigued” by the idea of running, but she doesn’t think that her position has changed.
Winfrey has previously dismissed the idea of running for office.
The prospect of a Winfrey candidacy was met with enthusiasm among a number of Democrats, who see her as an inspirational response to the Trump presidency.
But some experienced Democratic operatives tempered the talk by noting that many celebrity figures have dangled the prospect of running for office only to ultimately decide against it, given the rigour and scrutiny.
Trump had once cited Winfrey as his choice for a running mate when he was toying with running for the Reform Party presidential nomination for the 2000 election.