WH on Possible Oprah Presidential Run: ‘We Welcome the Challenge’

By Melanie Arter | January 9, 2018 | 11:56am EST
Oprah Winfrey (Screenshot of NBC video)

(CNSNews.com) - The White House said Monday that if Oprah Winfrey runs for president, President Donald Trump would “welcome the challenge” from her “or anybody else.”

When asked for a reaction to Oprah Winfrey’s speech at the Golden Globes Sunday night, White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said, “No, other than to say that regardless of who's on the ballot, regardless who decides to run against this president, they are going to have to face a president who has record-setting achievements in record-setting time, whether it's an economy that is booming, job creation, historic tax cuts and tax reform when that hadn't been touched in 30 years, an increase in wages, an absolute decimation of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.”

Gidley said he didn’t speak Trump about whether he saw Winfrey’s speech, so he didn’t know what the president’s reaction was.

Asked whether the president is planning to run for a second term, Gidley said, “I don't know.  Why don't you ask his campaign? You can direct all of the campaign questions and whether he's running again to his campaign, which is already established that up.”

As CNSNews.com reported, Trump mentioned Winfrey in an interview with Larry King in 1999 as a possible running mate when he was considering running as a third party candidate in 2000.

“Oprah. I love Oprah. Oprah would always be my first choice," Trump said at the time.


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