‘She had Oprah,’ Trump said of Abrams, who was endorsed by Winfrey.
‘She used to go to Mar-a-Lago. She likes the key lime pie.’
‘Oprah would always be my first choice. … I’ll tell ya, she’s really a great woman, though.
‘She is a terrific woman. She’s somebody that’s very special.’
Trump has also posted numerous tweets in praise of Winfrey.
When Winfrey launched her own television network, Trump tweeted in April 2012: ‘Oprah will end up doing just fine with her network – she knows how to win.’
Trump also posted an image showing his family appearing on Winfrey’s show in 2011.
Winfrey and Trump were even photographed together ringside at a heavyweight boxing match in Atlantic City in 1988.
It was also reported that Winfrey convinced Trump to allow her to use Mar-a-Lago to host a birthday party for Maya Angelou, who turned 80 in 2008.
But the two have not been close since Winfrey publicly expressed her support for Barack Obama while Trump has made a career of criticizing the 44th president.