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
Headquarters Trump Tower
Manhattan, New York
Key people Michael Glassner (campaign committee manager)[1]
John Pence (campaign committee deputy executive director)[1]
Receipts US$~7,000,000
Slogan Keep America Great[2]

The Donald Trump presidential campaign, 2020 is an ongoing re-election campaign by President of the United States Donald Trump, who took office January 20, 2017.


On January 10, 2017 Politico reported that Trump would be keeping his campaign offices in Trump Tower open in order to lay the groundwork for a re-election campaign.[3][4]

On January 18, Trump revealed in an interview with The Washington Post that he had decided on Keep America Great as his 2020 campaign slogan.[2][5][6]

On January 20, President Donald Trump filed a form with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) declaring that he qualified as a candidate for the 2020 Presidential election.[7][8][9]

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.[10][11] By February 1, 2017, the campaign had already raised over $7 million.[12]

Although the early campaign filing is unusual,[13] a "permanent campaign" would not be unprecedented in American politics, dating at least from the presidency of Bill Clinton under the advice of Sidney Blumenthal.[14]

Trump will be 74 years old by election day 2020.[15][16][17] This would make Trump the eldest individual ever to serve as a presidential nominee on a major party ticket, surpassing Ronald Reagan and Bob Dole, both of whom served as Republican Party nominees at the age of 73 (in 1984 and 1996, respectively).[18][19][20]

If Trump is reelected, it would be the first time in American history that there have been four consecutive presidents who were elected to two terms.[21][22]

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,[23] and was attended by an estimated 9,000 supporters.[24] Speaking at the rally, Trump defended his actions and criticized the media.[14] As he referred to "what's happening last night in Sweden" while criticizing the asylum policies of several European countries,[25] he was lambasted by the press and the Swedish government for alluding to a non-existent terror incident.[26][27] Reacting to the backlash, Trump later stated that he was referring to a Fox News program aired the previous day,[28] including an interview with Ami Horowitz on Tucker Carlson Tonight.[29] 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.[27]

Further campaign rallies and other campaign developments[edit]

March 2017[edit]

Trump speaking at his rally in Nashville March 15, 2017
Rally in Louisville March 20, 2017

The campaign's second rally was held a month later in Nashville on March 15, and coincided with the 250th birthday of Andrew Jackson. Prior to the rally,[weasel words][citation needed] 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, hours before it was put on hold by a federal judge in Hawaii.[30]

A third rally was held in Louisville on March 20. Trump made no reference to James Comey's testimony before congress earlier that day, where Comey outright denied having of any proof backing-up Trump's wiretapping allegations.[31][32]

Other rallies promoted or sponsored by the Trump campaign in March 2017[edit]

For reasons that remained unclear,[33] a number of other events were held in the first year of the Trump presidency.

On March 4, there were a series of rallies held by allies of the campaign in some 50 cities, including Nashville, Phoenix, Boston, Denver, Miami, St. Paul, and Berkeley, California.[34] In several cities, they were met by counter-demonstrations[35] and some arrests were made.[36][37]

Later on, other events were held around the country, some resulting in violence.[38]

April 2017[edit]

By the end of the first quarter of 2017, the Trump campaign had a staff of around twenty employees.[39]. The campaign's three committees ("Donald J. Trump for President", "Trump Victory", and "Trump Make America Great Again Committee") had reported raising a combined $13.2 million, the majority of which had come from small donors.[39] On April 15 The Wall Street Journal determined that the Trump campaign had reported spending more than $500,000 in payments to companies which Trump owns. This amounts to 6% of the 6.5 million that the campaign reported spending in the first quarter of 2017.[40]

Trump announced that he would be holding a rally on April 29th in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center. The rally will coincide with the hundredth day of Trump's presidency.[41][42] It will also take place the same day as the White House Correspondents' Dinner, which Trump will not be attending (marking the first time that a president has skipped the dinner since Ronald Reagan was recovering from a gunshot injury in 1981).[42][43]


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