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Trump vs. Clinton in 2020? Trump hopes so

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speak during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Nearly a year since he bested Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, President Donald Trump says he would like to run against the former secretary of state in 2020.

He tweeted Monday morning, "I was recently asked if Crooked Hillary Clinton is going to run in 2020? My answer was, 'I hope so!'"

Trump won the Nov. 8 contest with 306 electoral votes to the former senator and first lady's 232.

Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, which the 45th president continued to tweet about in the weeks following the election, often citing unverified claims of voter fraud.

On Nov. 27, 2016, Trump tweeted, "In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally"

Later that day, he said, "Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California - so why isn't the media reporting on this? Serious bias - big problem!"

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A pair of Dec. 21 tweets read, "I would have done even better in the election, if that is possible, if the winner was based on popular vote - but would campaign differently" and "Campaigning to win the Electoral College is much more difficult & sophisticated than the popular vote. Hillary focused on the wrong states!"

Trump has frequently used Twitter as a means for criticizing his former opponent throughout the first year of his presidency. Last month, he wrote on Twitter, "The greatest influence over our election was the Fake News Media 'screaming' for Crooked Hillary Clinton. Next, she was a bad candidate!"

In the White House Rose Garden Monday afternoon, President Trump echoed his morning tweet: "Oh, I hope Hillary runs. Is she going to run? I hope. Hillary, please run again."

Clinton, who recently released a campaign memoir titled "What Happened," said last month on CBS' "Sunday Morning" that she is "done with being a candidate."

She told anchor Jane Pauley, "but I am not done with politics because I literally believe that our country's future is at stake."

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This story has been updated to include comments President Trump made Monday afternoon.

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