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Trump will hold first 2020 campaign rally in Ohio

Trump will hold first 2020 campaign rally in Ohio
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE will hold a campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio, on Jan. 9, his first rally of the new year.

The Trump campaign announced Monday that the “Keep America Great” rally would take place at the Huntington Center in Toledo on Thursday, Jan. 9. 

Congress is slated to return for its first full week of work that same week, meaning that Trump will likely hold the rally as the Senate is either gearing up for an impeachment trial or already conducting it.

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Trump won Ohio by 8 percentage points over Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGorsuch rejects Minnesota Republican's request to delay House race Biden leads Trump by 6 points in Nevada: poll The Memo: Women could cost Trump reelection MORE during the 2016 presidential election. He last traveled to the state for a campaign rally in August, speaking before a crowd in Cincinnati.

The Trump campaign touted the president’s record on job creation when it announced the Jan. 9 rally.

“Ohio is booming thanks to President Trump and jobs are coming back to the state. Since President Trump’s election, Ohio has added 94,700 new jobs, including 14,700 manufacturing jobs,” Trump campaign chief operating officer Michael Glassner said in a a statement Monday.

“President Trump is delivering on his promises, and he looks forward to celebrating those successes with the great men and women of Ohio,” Glassner said.

The rally will not be Trump’s first campaign-style remarks of 2020, however. Trump is slated to launch the “Evangelicals for Trump” coalition during an event in Miami, Fla., on Jan. 3.

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Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign is poised to heat up following his impeachment. The House voted nearly along party lines to impeach Trump last week for abusing his power in his dealings with Ukraine and obstructing the congressional impeachment inquiry.

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Trump says stimulus deal will happen after election | Holiday spending estimates lowest in four years | Domestic workers saw jobs, hours plummet due to COVID Hoyer lays out ambitious Democratic agenda for 2021, with health care at top CNN won't run pro-Trump ad warning Biden will raise taxes on middle class MORE (D-Calif.) has delayed transmitting the articles to the Senate. She wants the upper chamber to set the rules that will govern the impeachment trial, and sees withholding the articles as providing leverage to Democrats. The GOP-controlled Senate is widely expected to acquit Trump. 

Pelosi's decision has called the timing of the trial into question; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBitter fight over Barrett fuels calls to nix filibuster, expand court Trump blasts Obama speech for Biden as 'fake' after Obama hits Trump's tax payments White House hoping for COVID-19 relief deal 'within weeks': spokeswoman MORE (R-Ky.) signaled Monday that the rules wouldn’t be decided until Congress returns.