Democratic presidential contender Michael BloombergMichael BloombergDemocrats' combative approach to politics is doing more harm than good Battling over Biden's agenda: A tale of two Democratic parties Budget impasses mark a critical turning point in Biden's presidency MORE said in an interview that aired Friday that he believed President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump defends indicted GOP congressman House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt Youngkin calls for investigation into Loudoun County School Board amid sexual assault allegations MORE would trounce any of the other Democratic presidential hopefuls in a head-to-head match-up, saying Trump would "eat them up."
"I looked at our national government getting worse. The way we were behaving overseas and domestically, led by our president. I said back in 2016 he is the wrong person for the job. He doesn't have the temperament, the ethics, or the intellect to do the job," Bloomberg told Gayle KingGayle KingR. Kelly accuser tells Gayle King their interview was a wake-up call Nate Burleson makes leap from football to news with 'CBS Mornings' Witness says R. Kelly kept watch over girlfriends during Gayle King interview MORE on "CBS This Morning." "I watched and I said, 'we just can't have another four years of this.'"
"Then I watched all of the candidates, and I just thought to myself, 'Donald Trump would eat them up,'" he continued.
In an exclusive interview with @GayleKing, former NYC Mayor @MikeBloomberg explains why he chose to enter the presidential campaign so late. Bloomberg also spoke about President Trump, other Democratic candidates and his own complicated history on the issue of race and policing. pic.twitter.com/ipQg9L07BK— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) December 6, 2019
Bloomberg later hedged on the statement, saying that he believed he was the best candidate to take on Trump in a general election.
"Let me rephrase it. I think that I would do the best job of competing with him and beating him," he said.
Bloomberg announced his presidential bid last month with the strategy of ignoring the early primary states and focusing on the Super Tuesday states.
The former New York City mayor's entrance into the race has drawn scrutiny from his opponents, in large part due to his status as a billionaire.
Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerEmanuel to take hot seat in Senate confirmation hearing Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair Defense & National Security — Military starts giving guidance on COVID-19 vaccine refusals MORE (D-N.J.) expressed anger this week following Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisAre supply chain disruptions the beginning of the end of globalization? Harris to campaign with McAuliffe in Virginia Harris to highlight drought, climate change in Nevada trip MORE's (D-Calif.) exit from the race earlier in the week, noting "there’s more billionaires in the 2020 race than there are black people."
"Cory Booker endorsed me a number of times, and I endorsed Cory Booker a number of times," Bloomberg said. "He's very well-spoken. He's got some good ideas. It would be better the more diverse any group is, but the public is out there picking and choosing, and narrowing down this field."