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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 TrumpSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote One quick asylum fix: How Garland can help domestic violence survivors MORE has been saying that he could easily defeat Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' Democrats hit crucial stretch as filibuster fight looms GOP is consumed by Trump conspiracy theories 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 BidenSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote Shining a light on COINTELPRO's dangerous legacy 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 GillibrandAustin tight lipped on whether to take sexual assault cases out of commanders' hands Gillibrand touts legislation to lower drug costs: This idea 'is deeply bipartisan' A bipartisan effort to prevent the scourge of sexual assault in the armed forces 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 ClintonMcConnell: Taliban could take over Afghanistan by 'the end of the year' Hillary Clinton: There must be a 'global reckoning' with disinformation Pelosi's archbishop calls for Communion to be withheld from public figures supporting abortion rights 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.”