Gayle King clarifies Oprah's position on running for president

Days after Oprah Winfrey's speech at the Golden Globe Awards 2018 triggered speculations of her candidacy for the 2020 US Presidential Elections, President Donald Trump said he could beat the media mogul, but added that he did not think she would contest the polls.

"I do think she's intrigued by the idea. She added that gender equality transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace.

Trump, speaking with reporters during a White House meeting with lawmakers, said in response to a question, "Yeah I'll beat Oprah".

"At that time I announced that my first choice for vice president would be Oprah Winfrey".

When Mr Trump discussed a White House run with talk show host Larry King in 1999, he picked Winfrey as his potential running mate.

In 1988, Trump appeared on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" to promote his then just-released business book-cum-memoir, "The Art of the Deal".

Still, if it's possible for a former reality TV star with zero political experience to become president of the United States, surely it's possible for Oprah to change her mind. "And I will tell you, I went to the Wharton School of Finance, and I will say I am sitting next to it".

GLOR: "If someone were to potentially run for president, what do you think their timeline might be?" Just ask Donna Brazile, James Carville, David Axelrod and Sarah Huckabee Sanders. I'm assuming she'd run as a Democrat, since that's where her worldview and sensibilities best fit.

Mr Trump's daughter and White House advisor, Ivanka Trump, was criticised for tweeting her praise for Oprah's speech, given the allegations of sexual harassment against her father, all of which he has denied.

The highlight of the evening was when Oprah Winfrey brought the Golden Globes crowd to its feet with a fiery speech calling out sexual harassers around the world: "Their time is up", she said.

Her partner, Stedman Graham, told the Los Angeles Times: 'It's up to the people. "It's up to the people", he said. Absolutely. But in terms of where she stands on a number of positions, I would find a lot of problems with that.

However, CNN, citing two of Winfrey's close friends, reported on Monday that the television and movie producer and actress was actively thinking about a White House bid.

"Winfrey has the support of 76% of Democrats, 22% of Republicans and 44% of voters not affiliated with either major political party".

The morning after the Golden Globes, Stelter frequently speculated about Winfrey running for president.

While Winfrey walked that speculation back - a normal tactic for a speculative candidate at this stage of the game - pundits and analysts debated her chances.

"I really think you have it or you don't have it", Trump replied.

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