President Donald Trump said on Jan. 9 that if talk show host Oprah Winfrey ran against him in the 2020 presidential election, he would win.
Specifically, he said he would "beat Oprah" if she chooses to run, the Daily Mail reports.
"Oprah would be a lot of fun," the president told reporters at the White House. "I know her very well. I did one of her last shows ... I like Oprah."
However, he added, "I don't think she's going to run."
Aboard Air Force One, Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said: "We welcome the challenger, whether it be Oprah Winfrey or anybody else."
Speculation about Winfrey as a potential Democratic Party candidate in 2020 was revived after her rousing speech on Jan. 7 at the Golden Globes, where she was honored with a special award.
The following day, first daughter Ivanka Trump tweeted: "Just saw Oprah's empowering & inspiring speech at last night's GoldenGlobes. Let's all come together, women & men, & say TIMESUP! United."
Winfrey's name came up again at the White House press briefing on Jan. 9, when Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked if she had any campaign advice for the famed talk show host.
"I'm not going to focus on anyone's campaign other than President Trump's re-election," Huckabee Sanders replied. "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."
The press secretary added: "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. But that would be something she would have to determine and lay out if she made a decision to run and what the campaign would look like."
Winfrey's longtime partner, Stedman Graham, told the Los Angeles Times that she "would absolutely do it," but added: "It's up to the people."
Winfrey's best friend, "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King, also offered her opinion on the matter.
"No, I absolutely don't think that her position has changed, I don't," she said on her show, referring to Winfrey's 2017 statement that she has no intention of running for political office. "I do think this though guys, I do think she's intrigued by the idea, I do think that."
However, she added: "I also know that after years of watching the Oprah show, you always have the right to change your mind … She loves this country and would like to be of service in some way."