"I know her very well", Trump said. "I think one of the arguments against Oprah is 45". Speaking after a bipartisan meeting, a reporter asked the former host of The Apprentice whether or not he thinks he stands a chance next to Oprah if she chooses to run for office in the next election.
Beyond her rise from poverty, Winfrey's success as a multidimensional media figure has come from promoting ways for women to assert themselves, typically outside the political arena. For example, when she started the Oprah Winfrey Network in 2012, he said that she would succeed because "she knows how to win". Her appeal extended well beyond her celebrity, some said, citing her compassion, kindness and devotion to helping others as a badly needed change after Trump. "She would absolutely do it". Trump said in the interview. "If it means looking at one of these celebrities that have a moral core, that are compassion and intelligent, I think that people should look to where they can during these very, very hard times". "I'd love to have Oprah, I think we'd win easily, actually".
And Oprah also won praise from tablemates Eva Longoria and Keith Urban.
"I was up talking to her very late last night".
"I probably wouldn't, but I do get exhausted with seeing what's happening with this country and if it got so bad I'd never want to rule it out totally", he said.
"It wouldn't be the way it's been, believe me", he said.
Winfrey had sparked off speculation that she could run for president in 2020 with her epic Golden Globes speech on Sunday, January 7, 2018.
Winfrey's best friend and "CBS This Morning" co-anchor Gayle King commented that people should hold their horses for now. But her political positions are largely unknown. "4 years ago she strongly supported Obama-now she is silent".
In her powerful speech, Oprah spoke about press freedom, racism and sexual abuse before receiving a standing ovation with her closing words about the future.
"Over the years, I've voted for as many Republicans as I have Democrats, so this isn't about partisanship for me, this is very, very personal", she said.