Trump launching 2020 campaign on June 18 with Florida rally

Trump launching 2020 campaign on June 18 with Florida rally

President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism 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 TrumpScorned and mistreated, Melania Trump deserved much better from the media The Hill's Morning Report - Biden takes office, calls for end to 'uncivil war' K Street navigates virtual inauguration week MORE, Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceHarris move into vice president's residence delayed Trump extended Secret Service protection for family members in final days in office: report Harris, Emhoff bid Pences farewell from Capitol steps 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 BidenRev. Barber says best way to undercut extremism is with honesty Biden requires international travelers to quarantine upon arrival to US Overnight Defense: House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee | Biden to seek five-year extension of key arms control pact with Russia | Two more US service members killed by COVID-19 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 UnLike his predecessors, Biden faces a formidable task with North Korea North Korea displays ballistic missiles at parade Pelosi's risky blunder: Talking about Trump and nuclear war 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 SandersFormer Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Amanda Gorman captures national interest after inauguration performance Woman who made Sanders's mittens says she's sold out MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden's Interior Department temporarily blocks new drilling on public lands | Group of GOP senators seeks to block Biden moves on Paris, Keystone | Judge grants preliminary approval for 0M Flint water crisis settlement Senate approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee House approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris takes up temporary residence at Blair House Amanda Gorman captures national interest after inauguration performance Democrats formally elect Harrison as new DNC chair MORE (D-Calif.) were within the margin of error of defeating Trump.