Trump insists he would defeat Oprah, but doesn't think she will run

President Trump said Tuesday he doesn’t think television host Oprah Winfrey will actually run against him for president in 2020 – but he insists he would defeat her if she did.

“Yeah, I’ll beat Oprah,” the president told reporters at the White House. “Oprah would be a lot fun.”

Trump, speaking after meeting with senators, said he knows Winfrey “very well” and “did one of her last shows.”

“I like Oprah,” Trump said. “I don’t think she’s going to run.”

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Trump’s comments follow excitement from some Democrats and members of the media in recent days about the prospect of Winfrey challenging Trump after a much-touted speech during the Golden Globes.

Winfrey referenced the #MeToo movement and spoke out against sexual harassers during Sunday’s ceremony, saying “Their time is up!"

Winfrey has not commented on the recent encouragement to run, but has denied harboring presidential ambitions in the past.

Alex Pappas is a politics reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @AlexPappas.