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Trump: Harris had ‘best opening’ of 2020 Dems

Trump: Harris had ‘best opening’ of 2020 Dems
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President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE suggested Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe U.S. and Mexico must revamp institutions supporting their joint efforts Harris signals a potential breakthrough in US-Mexico cooperation Watch live: Harris delivers remarks on vaccination efforts MORE (D-Calif.) got a head start over other 2020 Democratic candidates so far, saying she had the “best opening” of any of her competitors.

“I would say the best opening so far would be Kamala Harris,” Trump told The New York Times in an interview, adding that her first campaign rally got “A better crowd — better crowd, better enthusiasm.”

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“Some of the others were very flat.”

Harris’s campaign, which officially launched this week at a rally in Oakland, Calif., generated significantly more social media interest than those of her opponents, including Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Democrats have turned solidly against gas tax Overnight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 MORE (D-Mass.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandGillibrand: Military must make changes beyond sexual assault cases COVID-19 long-haulers press Congress for paid family leave Ocasio-Cortez, Gillibrand and Moulton call for more high-speed rail funding in infrastructure package MORE (D-N.Y.). 

The Democratic primary field is expected to be one of the most crowded in modern history, with as many as 30 candidates expected to throw their hats into the ring. However, only a handful of those who would be considered front-runners have publicly expressed interest in running.

Democrats are still waiting on heavy-hitters such as former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden 64 percent of Iowans say 'time for someone else' to hold Grassley's Senate seat: poll Philadelphia shooting leaves 2 dead, injures toddler Ron Johnson booed at Juneteenth celebration in Wisconsin MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Democrats facing tough reelections back bipartisan infrastructure deal The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay MORE (I-Vt.), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and more to make their intentions known.

Trump campaign staffers have reportedly suggested that the president stands the best chance of reelection if he eventually faces off against Warren in 2020.

Trump attacked the Massachusetts Democrat, whom he frequently calls "Pocahontas," saying her credibility has been “hurt badly” over her controversial claims of Native American ancestry.

“I do think Elizabeth Warren’s been hurt very badly with the Pocahontas trap,” Trump said, adopting a slur to cite the scandal. “I think she’s been hurt badly. I may be wrong, but I think that was a big part of her credibility and now all of a sudden it’s gone.”

Warren announced last month she was convening an exploratory committee to look at a presidential bid. While her December declaration was soon buried in other campaign announcements, she teased Thursday another speech about her 2020 plans set for Feb. 9.