President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE mocked 2020 Democratic presidential contender Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegDOJ sues to block JetBlue-American Airlines partnership On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda Blumenthal calls on Buttigieg to investigate American Airlines-JetBlue partnership 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 SandersOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — EPA finalizing rule cutting HFCs Manchin fires warning shot on plan to expand Medicare Democrats steamroll toward showdown on House floor MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe House passes sweeping defense policy bill MORE.
"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.