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Trump launching 2020 campaign on June 18 with Florida rally

President Trump 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 Trump, Vice President Pence and second lady Karen Pence at the June 18 event at the Amway Center.

{mosads}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 Biden 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 Un 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 Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) were within the margin of error of defeating Trump.

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