Sunday, 19 June 2016
Oprah Winfrey turns down Donald Trump's running-mate offer
Oprah Winfrey, popular TV host and American celebrity, has rejected Republican Donald Trump’s offer to be his running mate, saying Trump makes her feel qualified to be president.
Trump, who recently clinched all the votes necessary to be the Republican candidate for 2016 presidential election, had earlier said he would win easily if he ran with Oprah as his vice president.
Oprah will be having none of that, as she says she will reject a formal invitation to be on the Trump ticket, affirming: “I’m with her (Hilary Clinton).”
When asked by ET if she saw America electing the first female president, she said: “I really believe that is going to happen. It’s about time that we made that decision.
“Regardless of your politics, it’s a seminal moment for women. What this says is, there is no ceiling; that ceiling just went boom! It says anything is possible when you can be leader of the free world. I’m with her”
Speaking on Jimmy Kimmel Live, she said she would never run for president but with what happened in this election year, she felt qualified to run.
“For many years, I used to think — until this election year, I thought — ‘Wow, I have no… Why do people say that? I have no qualifications to run. I’m feeling pretty qualified. After this year, I’m feeling really qualified.”
Meanwhile, Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, and Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, expressed some sort of support for Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump respectively.
Speaking at St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia on Friday, Putin said there was nothing wrong in Donald Trump’s plan to support repair of US-Russia ties.
Putin added that Trump is a bright person, while Renzi expressed hope that he would address the next American president as “madam president”.