In Summary
  • 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."

US President Donald Trump weighed in Tuesday 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'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."

Winfrey's rousing speech at Sunday's Golden Globes Awards ceremony ignited speculation that the billionaire talk show queen is harboring Oval Office ambitions.

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 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.

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