Donald Trump presidential campaign, 2020

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Donald Trump presidential campaign, 2020
Candidate Donald Trump
President of the United States

Mike Pence
Vice President of the United States
Affiliation Republican Party
Status Announced: February 17, 2017
Receipts US$~7,000,000
Slogan Keep America Great[1]

On January 20, 2017, President Donald Trump filed a form with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) declaring that he qualified as a candidate for the 2020 Presidential election.[2][3][4] The 2020 campaign office is based in Trump Tower. As of January 2017, it included a staff of about ten people led by experienced Republican strategist Michael Glassner. They focus on data-building and fundraising for a 2020 re-election campaign.[5][6] By February 1, 2017, the campaign had already raised over $7 million.[7]

Although the early campaign filing is unusual,[8] a "permanent campaign" would not be unusual in American politics, dating at least from the presidency of Bill Clinton under the advice of Sidney Blumenthal.[9]

In mid-January, 2017, Trump revealed in an interview with The Washington Post that he had decided on Keep America Great as his 2020 campaign slogan.[1][10][11]

Early campaign events[edit]

Florida rally[edit]

Trump speaking at his first campaign rally in Florida

The first rally paid for by the campaign was held on February 18, 2017 in Melbourne, Florida,[12] and was attended by an estimated 9,000 supporters.[13] Speaking at the rally, Trump defended his actions and criticized the media.[9] As he referred to "what's happening last night in Sweden" while criticizing the asylum policies of several European countries,[14] he was lambasted by the press and the Swedish government for alluding to a non-existent terror incident.[15][16] Reacting to the backlash, Trump later stated that he was referring to a Fox News program aired the previous day,[17] including an interview with Ami Horowitz on Tucker Carlson Tonight.[18] Several days after Trump's explanatory tweet, the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs website published a page disputing claims Horowitz made in that interview, as well as related claims about migration and crime in Sweden.[16]

Nashville rally[edit]

The second rally was held a month later on March 15, and coincided with the 250th birthday of Andrew Jackson. Prior to the rally, which was met with heavy protest, Trump paid tribute to Jackson and laid a wreath at his tomb. Talking points at the rally included repealing ObamaCare and defending his revised travel ban, which hours ago had been put on hold by a federal judge in Hawaii.[19]


  1. ^ a b Tumulty, Karen (18 January 2017). "How Donald Trump came up with 'Make America Great Again'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Details for Candidate ID : P80001571". Federal Election Commission. 
  3. ^ "FEC Form 99/Form 2" (PDF). Federal Election Commission. 20 January 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  4. ^ Gold, Matea. "President Trump tells the FEC he qualifies as a candidate for 2020". Washington Post. pp. 20 January 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  5. ^ Isenstadt, Alex (10 January 2017). "Trump laying the groundwork for 2020 reelection bid". Politico. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "Donald Trump is already looking to 2020 - The Boston Globe". Boston Globe. Associated Press. 13 January 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Trump already has socked away more than $7 million for his 2020 reelection". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-02-17. 
  8. ^ Morehouse, Lee (31 January 2017). "Trump breaks precedent, files as candidate for re-election on first day". Meredith Corporation. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  9. ^ a b Graham, David A. "Trump Kicks Off His 2020 Reelection Campaign on Saturday". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2017-02-17. 
  10. ^ "Trump Reveals 2020 Re-Election Slogan: 'Keep America Great!'". FOX News Insider. Fox News. 18 January 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  11. ^ Spiering, Charlie (18 January 2017). "Donald Trump Trademarks 2020 Campaign Slogan: 'Keep America Great!'". Breitbart News. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  12. ^ Superville, Darlene; Riechmann, Deb (18 February 2017). "Outside of Washington, Trump slips back into campaign mode". Fox News. West Palm Beach, Florida. Associated Press. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  13. ^ Miller, Zeke J. (19 February 2017). "Trump Is Already Campaigning For Reelection in 2020". Fortune. TIME. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  14. ^ "A newspaper has documented 'everything that happened in Sweden last night'". The Independent. 2017-02-20. Retrieved 2017-02-21. 
  15. ^ Topping, Alexandra. "'Sweden, who would believe this?': Trump cites non-existent terror attack". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-02-19. 
  16. ^ a b "Facts about migration and crime in Sweden". Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. February 23, 2017. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 
  17. ^ realDonaldTrump (February 19, 2017). "My statement as to what's happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden." (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  18. ^ Chan, Sewell (February 19, 2017). "'Last Night in Sweden'? Trump's Remark Baffles a Nation". The New York Times. Retrieved February 22, 2017. 
  19. ^ President Trump speaks at Nashville