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WASHINGTON – No Oprah bashing at this White House (at least publicly).

As some Democrats talk up the prospect of an Oprah Winfrey candidacy in 2020, President Trump had nothing but nice things to say about talk show host-turned-media mogul – though he did say he could defeat her if necessary.

“Yeah, I’ll beat Oprah; Oprah would be a lot of fun,” Trump told reporters during an immigration meeting with congressional lawmakers. Still, he added, “I don’t think she’s going to run.”

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Winfrey’s well-received speech at the Golden Globes – a call for national unity and female empowerment, especially for those who have experienced sexual harassment – fueled speculation about her political ambitions.

For his part, Trump said he knows Winfrey very well. “I like Oprah,” he said. “… You know, I did one of her last shows. She had Donald Trump – this was before politics – her last week, and she had Donald Trump and my family. It was very nice.”

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