Trump mocks O'Rourke's 'crazy' hand movements

President TrumpDonald TrumpRonny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign McCarthy: Pelosi appointing members of Jan. 6 panel who share 'pre-conceived narrative' Kinzinger denounces 'lies and conspiracy theories' while accepting spot on Jan. 6 panel MORE on Thursday mocked Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBeto O'Rourke, Willie Nelson financially back Texas Democrats in elections bill fight Texans split on whether Abbott deserves reelection: poll O'Rourke considering Texas governor bid: report MORE's "crazy" hand movements after the former Texas congressman announced his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

"I think he's got a lot of hand movement," Trump said when asked in the Oval Office about O'Rourke entering the race.

"I've never seen so much hand movement. I said, 'Is he crazy or is that just the way he acts?'" added Trump, who is himself known to be expressive with his hands during campaign rallies and other events.

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Trump referenced a video of O'Rourke campaigning in Iowa, where the candidate waved and shook his hands emphatically as he spoke.

“I've actually never seen anything quite like it,” Trump said. “Study it. I’m sure you'll agree.”

The president declined to say whether he viewed O'Rourke or former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Republican calls second bout of COVID-19 'far more challenging' Conflicting school mask guidance sparks confusion Biden: Pathway to citizenship in reconciliation package 'remains to be seen' MORE as a stronger opponent in 2020. Biden has yet to announce whether he'll run for president again, but he is widely expected to do so.

"Whoever it is, I'll take him or her on," Trump said.

O'Rourke officially announced his candidacy for president in a video published Thursday morning, ending months of speculation and joining a steadily growing field of presidential hopefuls.

“This is a defining moment of truth for this country and every single one of us,” O'Rourke said.

The El Paso Democrat joins Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWill Pence primary Trump — and win? Kavanaugh conspiracy? Demands to reopen investigation ignore both facts and the law Biden signals tough stance on tech with antitrust picks MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisWill Pence primary Trump — and win? Kavanaugh conspiracy? Demands to reopen investigation ignore both facts and the law 'CON laws' limit the health care competition Biden aims to deliver MORE (D-Calif.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharBiden signals tough stance on tech with antitrust picks Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks Competition laws could be a death knell for startup mergers and acquisitions MORE (D-Minn.), Cory BookerCory BookerCongress can make progress on fighting emissions with Zero Food Waste Act Scott: 'There is hope' for police reform bill Kavanaugh conspiracy? Demands to reopen investigation ignore both facts and the law MORE (D-N.J.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersTo break the corporate tax logjam, tax overinflated CEO pay Will Pence primary Trump — and win? Grassley pressured to run as Democrats set sights on Iowa MORE (I-Vt.), among others, in seeking the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination.

O'Rourke served three terms in Congress before an unsuccessful bid to unseat Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia next week Here's evidence the Senate confirmation process is broken MORE (R-Texas) last year. O'Rourke is a fundraising stalwart and has earned praise from former Obama advisers, Oprah Winfrey and a couple congressional Democrats.

White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley corrected Fox News anchors during an appearance on "America's Newsroom" on Thursday by noting that O'Rourke's given name is Robert Francis. He suggested the president would deploy that as a line of attack on the trail.

"He's called him that before on the campaign trail, and why wouldn't he? That's his name," Gidley said.