Trump launching 2020 campaign on June 18 with Florida rally

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE said Friday that he will formally announce his reelection campaign during a rally in Orlando, Fla., later this month.

The president tweeted that he will be joined by first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump was rushed to White House bunker due to breach of temporary barricades: report The Memo: Nation nears a breaking point Washington archbishop criticizes Trump visit to Catholic shrine MORE, Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceThe Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Facebook – Twitter says Trump violates rules with ‘shooting’ threat The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Facebook – Trump, Pence travel to Cape Canaveral for SpaceX launch The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Facebook – Crowds return during Memorial Day weekend MORE at the June 18 event at the Amway Center.


Trump filed for reelection shortly after taking office in 2017, and he has held campaign rallies in Florida and Pennsylvania in recent weeks. But he had teased a larger kickoff announcement and will hold it in the Sunshine State, which figures to feature prominently in the outcome of the 2020 race.

The president is banking on a strong economy and solid support among Republicans for his reelection bid. His approval rating has stagnated in the low-40s for most of his presidency, though a Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll survey released Friday showed Trump with his highest rating in two years at 48 percent.

The president appears to be increasingly focused on 2020, as he has been fixated on assessing the field of potential Democratic challengers in recent weeks. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE in particular has captured his attention.

Trump has tweeted repeatedly about Biden, sought to stick him with a derisive nickname and predicted that the former Delaware senator would be the eventual Democratic nominee. Trump caused a stir when he said during a recent trip to Japan that he agreed with North Korean dictator Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnNorth Korea warns US to stay out of its affairs to ensure ‘smooth running’ of presidential election A crisis on the Korean peninsula reinforces the need for allies South Korea charging defectors over leaflets dropped in North MORE that Biden was a “low IQ” individual.

Biden sits atop most Democratic primary polls, and he leads Trump in multiple polls of a hypothetical 2020 matchup. 

In a recent Fox News poll, Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.) were within the margin of error of defeating Trump.

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