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Trump thinks he could easily beat Sanders in 2020 match-up: report

Trump thinks he could easily beat Sanders in 2020 match-up: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE has been saying that he could easily defeat Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Clyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Prepare for buyers' remorse when Biden/Harris nationalize health care MORE (I-Vt.) if he challenged him in 2020, Politico reported Monday.

Trump has been speculating with aides and other Republicans about which Democrat will run against him for the presidency, but has dismissed Sanders as a viable candidate.

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The president has said that Sanders, 76, won’t have the energy for a second presidential bid, but that he could easily beat the Vermont independent if he decides to run again. Trump will be 74 at the time of the election.

Allies say Trump should be more concerned about a bid from Oprah Winfrey or former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation US records 2,300 COVID-19 deaths as pandemic rises with holidays MORE, 75.

“What we can’t let voters do is think they can get the same policies with someone they like better, like Joe Biden — someone who would fight for them but who doesn’t have the crass edge,” one former White House staffer told Politico. “I hope CNN has [New York Sen.] Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocratic senators urge Facebook to take action on anti-Muslim bigotry Social media responds to Harris making history: 'I feel like our ancestors are rejoicing' Ocasio-Cortez says she doesn't plan on 'staying in the House forever' MORE [D] on every minute of every day. Love it. Bring it. She's easy to destroy. If you're the president, or the [Republican National Committee], you're more worried about someone who looks like Biden — someone who has more mainstream appeal, who blue-collar workers could identity with.”

Trump has reportedly said that Sanders would run against him “even if he’s in a wheelchair.”

Sanders ran as a Democrat in 2016 but lost the party’s nomination to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College Federal workers stuck it out with Trump — now, we're ready to get back to work Biden soars as leader of the free world MORE.

However, after Clinton’s surprise loss to Trump, some Democrats wondered whether Sanders could have defeated Trump instead.

Trump’s campaign pollster is among those that said Sanders would have beat Trump in a general election.

Sanders is discussing whether or not to run again in 2020.

Winfrey, 63, has been the subject of presidential speculation following a passionate speech she gave at the Golden Globes on the subject of sexual misconduct.

“Oprah would be a problem: she’d be their best,” one GOP strategist said. "She’s ubiquitous, she’s black, she has crossover appeal and she probably clears a lot of the field out.”