President Trump predicted Tuesday that he would beat Oprah Winfrey in 2020 if she ran, but also predicted she would decide against running against him.
“I'll beat Oprah," he said 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," Trump said, likely referring to a guest appearance on her former talk show. "I like Oprah."
“I don’t think she’s going to run," Trump said on Tuesday. "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 Globes ceremony. Winfrey has not expressed a direct interest in seeking the Democratic nomination for president.
Tuesday morning, friends of Winfrey's said she 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 Winfrey, several years-old video clips of 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.