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Trump Reveals Who He Would Like To Run Against In 2020

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent

President Donald Trump revealed who he would like to run against in the 2020 presidential election, in a Friday morning interview on the Fox Business Network.

“I mean, I’d love to have Biden. I’d love to have Bernie, I’d love to have Beto. I mean, Beto seems to be the one the press has chosen. The press seems to have chosen Beto,” Trump said, adding that he believes Democrats are “saying a lot of weird things.”

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 12: Former U.S. Vice president Joe Biden speaks at the International Association of Fire Fighters legislative conference March 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. The conference addresses issues including firefighter mental health, funding the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund and collective bargaining. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 12: Former U.S. Vice president Joe Biden speaks at the International Association of Fire Fighters legislative conference March 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. The conference addresses issues including firefighter mental health, funding the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund and collective bargaining. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Trump focused much of his attention on Congressman Beto O’Rourke when asked about whether the election is a referendum on socialism vs. capitalism, saying:

When I watch Beto, I say we could dream about that. But whatever it is — no, I think it’s competence. I think it’s somebody — look. When I first ran, I was never a politician — I ran, I ran on a certain platform. I’ve done far more than I said I was going to do. When you look at the tax cuts, when you look at the regulation cuts — more than any other president, when you look at all — and it’s the biggest tax cut.

AUSTIN, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 04: U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) addresses a campaign rally at the Pan American Neighborhood Park November 04, 2018 in Austin, Texas. As Election Day approaches polls have shown the gap narrow between O’Rourke his opponent, incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump’s nonchalant attitude comes during the early days of the Democratic primary to see who will face off against him in the 2020 presidential election. Trump has generally pursued a policy of non-intervention in the primary, occasionally weighing in when asked about specific policy issues, but noting consistently that he does not see any candidate who he believes will beat him. (RELATED: WITNESS: Beto Tried To Flee Drunk Driving Scene After Causing High Speed Crash)

Trump said during the interview in particular that he did not want to speak too critically of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocascio-Cortez’s proposed Green New Deal, saying, “you look at this Green New Deal. It’s the most preposterous thing. Now I don’t want to knock it too much right now, because I — I really hope they keep going forward with it.  You know, frankly, because I think it’s going to be very easy to beat.”