1. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, U.S. President:
"(Reporter: Can you beat Michael Bloomberg?)
I've known Michael Bloomberg for a long time. If you go back early on he had, he said a lot of great things about Trump. But I know Michael, he became just a nothing. He was really a nothing. He's not going to do well, but I think he's going to hurt (Democratic Presidential candidate Joe) Biden actually. But he doesn't have the magic to do well. Little Michael will fail. He will spend a lot of money. He's got some really big issues. He's got some personal problems and he has got a lot of other problems, but I know Michael Bloomberg, fairly well. Not too well, fairly well. Well enough. He will not do very well and if he did, I'd be happy. There there's nobody I'd rather run against than Little Michael."
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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, U.S. President:
"(Reporter: Will you endorse Jeff Sessions in his Alabama Senate run?)
Well, I haven't gotten involved. I saw he said nice very nice things about me last night. But, we'll have to see. I'll have to see. I haven't made a determination."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, U.S. President:
"(Reporter: Will you campaign against Jeff Sessions?)
No I won't. I'll see how it all goes. You have some very good candidates, look, Alabama is a place where my approval numbers are very good. I think I won by 42 points. I love Alabama. I'm going to go watch a very good football game on Saturday, which is tomorrow. With LSU (Louisiana State University), it's going to be great. We'll see what happens. He's got, he's got tough competition. I mean, you have the football coach, Tommy, is doing very well. You have some, you have some good people running in Alabama. Let's see what happens."
President Donald Trump is responding to a possible run by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for the Democratic presidential nomination, saying "There is nobody" he'd "rather run against."
Trump was responding to news that the billionaire Bloomberg is opening the door to a 2020 White House bid.
Trump predicted Friday his fellow longtime New Yorker is "not going to do well" but suggested his candidacy would be most damaging to former Vice President Joe Biden, another moderate.
Trump says Bloomberg "doesn't have the magic to do well" and predicts Bloomberg will fail after spending "a lot of money."
Bloomberg initially ruled out a 2020 run and has not made a final decision on whether to jump into the race. Bloomberg warns the current field of Democratic candidates is ill equipped to defeat Trump next year.
The president also said he had not "gotten involved," in the Alabama Senate bid being mounted by his former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
While he isn't committing to supporting Sessions, Trump did say he won't campaign against him.
Sessions spent more than a decade representing Alabama in the Senate before stepping down to serve as Trump's attorney general. He was an early endorser of Trump.
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