Oprah on what she'd say to Trump: I'd only speak if I thought I'd be heard
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Oprah Winfrey said Sunday that she only speaks "where I feel that I can be heard" after being asked what she would say to President TrumpDonald John TrumpCoast Guard chief: 'Unacceptable' that service members must rely on food pantries, donations amid shutdown Dem lawmaker apologizes after saying it's never been legal in US to force people to work for free Grassley to hold drug pricing hearing MORE if given the chance.

“Billionaire to billionaire, mega-star to mega-star, and also human being to human being, what would you say to the president?” CNN host Van Jones asked Winfrey on his show.

“I would only speak where I feel that I can be heard. So, I would only speak if I felt I could be heard,” Winfrey responded.

Winfrey’s interview aired one day after Trump attacked her personally during a campaign rally for Pennsylvania congressional candidate Rick Saccone (R). Trump said Saturday night he hoped Oprah would run against him in 2020.

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“I would love to beat Oprah. I know her weakness,” he told the crowd. “Wouldn’t we love to run against Oprah? I would love it. I would love it. That would be a painful experience for her.” 

Speculation ramped up that Winfrey might consider a bid for the White House after she delivered a stirring speech at the Golden Globes in January. She has repeatedly denied she’s considering a campaign, including again on Sunday night, but those close to her have reportedly encouraged her to run. 

A January CNN poll found Winfrey leads Trump by 9 points in a hypothetical 2020 matchup.

Winfrey on Sunday also lamented the tendency for politicians to focus on negativity.

“Do not give your energy to the other side. Do not spend all your time talking about your opponents,” she said. “Do not give your energy to that which you really don’t believe in. Do not spend an ounce of your time on that.”