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Oprah Winfrey 'intrigued' by United States presidential run: friend Gayle King

Oprah Winfrey 'intrigued' by United States presidential run: friend Gayle King

Media magnate Oprah Winfrey is "intrigued" by the possibility of running for the US presidency in 2020 but is not considering it now, a close friend said on Tuesday after Winfrey's speech at a Hollywood awards show thrust her name into the political arena.

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he would beat Oprah Winfrey in a potential 2020 presidential match-up, though he doesn't think she will end up running.

"She loves this country and would like to be of service in some way, but I don't think she's actively considering it". "She would absolutely do it".

And when asked whether she could make a serious run in 2010, longtime partner Stedman Graham told the Los Angeles Times: "Its up to the people. She had Donald Trump - this is before politics - her last week and she had Donald Trump and my family, it was very nice", the President said. "He would never do that".

Winfrey fueled speculation that she could look to mount a campaign in a rousing, almost 10-minute speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday. Still, she denied having any presidential ambitions while speaking with a Bloomberg News reporter backstage at the awards show.

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She spoke of seeing Sidney Poitier win an Academy Award when she was a girl, and weaved it into the #MeToo movement.

Trump has tweeted warm words for Winfrey many times before taking office, even saying, "I adore Oprah" in a 2012 tweet.

Winfrey brought the typically rowdy crowd to silence and tears with her speech.

She wrote: "Just saw @Oprah's empowering and inspiring speech at last night's #GoldenGlobes". "She wanted that moment to be more than women wearing black dresses of solidarity". But he said he knows her well and he doesn't think she'll run.

Oprah Winfrey's best friend, Gayle King, is downplaying any suggestion that Winfrey might run for president.


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