Trump mocks Buttigieg: 'He has a great chance'

President TrumpDonald John Trump5 things to know about Boris Johnson Conservatives erupt in outrage against budget deal Trump says Omar will help him win Minnesota MORE mocked 2020 Democratic presidential contender Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegPoll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field by 15 points, followed by Sanders and Warren Biden announces plan to counteract mass incarceration Nashville radio host blocked by employer from airing his interview with Buttigieg MORE (D) during a campaign rally in Florida on Wednesday, saying he would "want to watch" the South Bend, Ind., mayor take on the Chinese president.

At the rally, Trump mockingly floated Buttigieg’s name while attacking other 2020 Democratic contenders, including Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field by 15 points, followed by Sanders and Warren Warren introduces bill to cancel student loan debt for millions Democrats, advocacy groups urge Pompeo to abolish new 'unalienable rights' commission MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPoll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field by 15 points, followed by Sanders and Warren Booker takes swipe at Biden criminal justice reform plan Panel: Has Joe Biden been wrong on everything for 40 years? MORE

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"You got a choice between Sleepy Joe and Crazy Bernie," Trump said. "And I’ll take any of them. Let's just pick somebody, please, and let’s start this thing. Let’s start it." 

"We have a young man, Buttigieg," Trump continued while attempting to sound out the mayor’s last name. "Boot-edge-edge. They say 'edge-edge.'"

"He’s got a great chance. He’ll be great. He’ll be great representing us against President Xi of China," he said to laughs from audience. "That’ll be great."

"I want to be in that room. I want to watch that one," he continued.

Trump previously speculated that he may end up campaigning against either of those three candidates in the 2020 race. 

Last month, in his first public acknowledgement of Buttigieg, the president said he would welcome the chance to run against the 37-year-old mayor.

"I think I'd like running against him, too," Trump said of Buttigieg. "But it'll be interesting to see it unfold."

In recent polling, Biden and Sanders have led the crowded field of 2020 Democratic presidential contenders. However, Buttigieg has seen a surge of popularity in polling in the past few weeks since launching his presidential campaign.