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Trump urges former rival Hillary Clinton to again run for presidency in 2020

Trump made the statement at an impromptu news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House.

world Updated: Oct 17, 2017 13:45 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse, Washington
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US President Donald Trump speaks to the press in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on October 16.(AFP Photo)

US President Donald Trump on Monday suggested he would beat former rival Hillary Clinton in a 2020 rematch, encouraging the Democrat to try her luck against him in the next presidential campaign.

“I hope Hillary runs,” he said during a press conference. “Hillary, please run again! Go ahead.”

The Republican leader also suggested that Clinton’s words of support to protesting professional athletes -- who in recent weeks have drawn the president’s ire by kneeling during the national anthem before sporting events, a statement against racial injustice -- was one example of why she lost the 2016 race.

“Honestly, it’s that thinking and that is the reason she lost the election,” Trump said, after dubbing Clinton’s position on the issue “wrong.”

Kneeling during “The Star-Spangled Banner” is “disrespecting our flag” Trump repeated concerning the issue he has reignited in recent weeks, after saying players who refused to stand for the traditional pre-game anthem should be fired.

Democrat Clinton has already ruled out the possibility of another White House bid.

First Published: Oct 17, 2017 07:53 IST