Trump launching 2020 campaign on June 18 with Florida rally

Trump launching 2020 campaign on June 18 with Florida rally

President TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis 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 TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP Cruz in 2016 said 'something fundamentally wrong' with Christians who back Trump: book Designer defends Melania Trump statue: 'People may laugh but the context still resonates' MORE, Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Acosta resigns amid controversy over Epstein plea deal The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi looks to squash fight with progressives The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi looks to tamp down Dem infighting MORE at the June 18 event at the Amway Center.

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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 Biden2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Can Biden's canceled cancer initiative be salvaged? Biden's health care gaffe shows he's not ready for prime time 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 UnThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP Trump blasts 2020 Dems during campaign rally New photo of Trump with Kim Jong Un hung in the White House 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 Sanders2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Cardi B posts message of support for Ilhan Omar #IStandWithIlhan trends after crowd at Trump rally chants 'send her back' MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenNew CDC overdose estimates are nothing to celebrate 2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Democratic Houston councilwoman announces Senate bid MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi Harris2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Biden's health care gaffe shows he's not ready for prime time The Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP MORE (D-Calif.) were within the margin of error of defeating Trump.