Trump on Oprah: She won’t run in 2020 but I’d win anyway
WASHINGTON – Agence France-Presse
U.S. President Donald Trump weighed in Jan. 9 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 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.”
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,” she said.
“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.”
“Let’s all come together, women & men, & say #TIMESUP #UNITED,” she said in a reference to the campaign to end sexual harassment.
Sanders said the message from the White House is that “everyone should come together.”