Prospects for a White House bid by the multimedia superstar appeared to dim with the release Thursday of an interview throwing cold water on the notion.
“I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not,” Winfrey told InStyle magazine when asked about the possibility of a 2020 run for president.
“And so it’s not something that interests me. I don’t have the DNA for it.”
The interview took place three weeks before Winfrey’s rousing speech on the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements at the Jan. 7 Golden Globe Awards, which set off speculation that she wanted to run for president.
Her longtime partner Stedman Graham told The Times that night that she “would absolutely do it,” despite her previous statements that she did not want to run.
If she were to change her mind and seek the Democratic nomination, Winfrey would probably face a crowded field of rivals vying for the chance to challenge President Trump’s reelection. Winfrey’s wealth and fame would instantly make her a top contender.
“I met with someone the other day who said that they would help me with a campaign,” Winfrey told InStyle. “That’s not for me.”
President Trump complained that Palestinians “disrespected us” by refusing to meet with Vice President Mike Pence during his recent trip to the Middle East, and he threatened to withhold more aid to the population.
Trump’s remarks Thursday to reporters at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, came as he engaged in an especially amiable meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It marked a stark contrast with his criticism of the Palestinians, at a time when relations between the two sides are at an especially low point.
Referring to American aid to Palestinians, which is humanitarian relief, Trump said, “That money is not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace."
President Trump said reports of tensions between him and Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May are a “false rumor” and the two leaders are on “the same wavelength.”
The comments came as Trump sat down with May in Davos, Switzerland, for his first meeting at the annual World Economic Forum. Their meeting follows Trump’s recent cancellation of a February trip to London amid expectations of mass protests against him.
May had publicly rebuked Trump in November after the president shared anti-Muslim videos from the far-right group Britain First, and she also did so months earlier after Trump’s comments critical of Britain after a terrorist attack in London. In each case Trump wrote snarky tweets directed at May.
President Trump said on Wednesday that he would send Congress a legislative proposal to provide legal status and ultimately citizenship to young immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children and now face deportation.
The president told reporters he wanted to give the so-called Dreamers a way to achieve full citizenship in 10 to 12 years.
"Tell them not to be concerned,” Trump said. “Tell them not to worry. We will solve the problem."
President Trump, who has wavered in his willingness to sit down with investigators examining Russian interference with the campaign that placed him in the White House, said Wednesday that he was “looking forward” to meeting with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.
“I would do it under oath,” Trump told reporters during an impromptu conversation in the doorway of his chief of staff’s office.
Asked when the meeting would happen, he said, “I guess they’re talking about two or three weeks, but I would love to do it.”
The political battle over a hotly controversial memo involving surveillance entered a new phase on Wednesday as Democrats announced they have drafted their own, competing document.
The original, classified memo was prepared by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, a Tulare Republican, and made available to every member of Congress last week. Republicans who read the four-page document said it reveals shocking information about the investigation into President Trump, which began during the campaign, but Democrats have dismissed it as a distortion.
Now that Republicans are pushing to make their memo public, Democrats want their own version available as well.
As Turkey continued air and ground attacks on U.S.-backed militias in neighboring Syria, President Trump urged the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Wednesday to limit its military operations and avoid civilian casualties, according to a White House statement.
In a phone call, Trump called on Erdogan to focus on the shared goal of fighting Islamic State militants and avoid military operations that could produce a clash between Turkish and U.S. military forces deployed near the border in northern Syria.
The United States and Turkey are both members of the NATO military alliance, but relations between Ankara and Washington have been strained badly over the past year. Trump’s call was at least the third time the administration has complained about Turkish attacks, to no apparent effect.
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