President Trump is unconcerned about a presidential run from Oprah Winfrey, saying in remarks to the media Tuesday that he would defeat the iconic daytime star if she dared challenge him in 2020.
“I’ll beat Oprah,” he said in response to an off-camera question from a reporter. “I don’t think she’s going to run. I know her very well.”
Trump mentioned that he remained very fond of Winfrey, adding: “Oprah would be a lot of fun. I know her very well … I did one of her last shows. She had Donald Trump — this is before politics — her last week, and she had Donald Trump and my family it was very nice.”
The president’s remarks came during a sprawling meeting he led with Democrat and Republican lawmakers as part of an effort to iron out a formal and broad immigration compromise that would save DACA.
The president raised eyebrows — and the ire of hie diehard supporters — when he told the assembled lawmakers that would sign any compromise they came up with.
“I’m not going to say ‘oh gee I want this or I want that’ — I will be signing it,” said Trump in an effort to show his own eagerness for a deal.
Trump says he will sign ANY immigration agreement Congress gives him
“I’m not going to say ‘oh gee I want this or I want that’ I will be signing it” pic.twitter.com/M8NccfFYsx
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) January 9, 2018
For her part, Oprah ruled out running for president as late as October 2016. That has nevertheless not stopped furious speculation that she might change her mind. A media buzz began in earnest Sunday night after her widely-praised speech accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award Lifetime Achievement Award at the 75th Golden Globes.
The chatter was further stirred after Winfrey’s longtime partner Stedman Graham told the Los Angeles Times she “would absolutely do it.”
If she does take the plunge, Oprah would start the race with unprecedented favorability and an estimated $3 billion fortune at her disposal. Though the inevitable years long slog and need to stake out positions on controversial issues would likely erode her support.