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President Trump launches 2020 re-election bid with mega rally

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Washington

President Donald Trump has officially launched his 2020 re-election bid and appealed to his supporters to give him four more years to realise his unfinished agenda for the country, whose economy he boasted, has become the “envy of the world” under his watch.

Kick-starting his election campaign at a jam-packed rally in Florida on Tuesday, Trump coined a new slogan, “Keep America Great” and warned that opposition Democrats want to “destroy” the country.

“Tonight I stand before you to officially launch my campaign for a second term as president of the United States,” Trump told supporters. “I promise you I will never ever let you down.”

The 73-year-old real estate investor-turned-politician, who became the 45th President of the United States of America in 2017, told a crowd of 20,000 Republican supporters that the economy of the US under him has become “the envy of the world”.

Florida is a key battleground state and one that Trump narrowly won in 2016.

Trump said his victory three years ago was a “defining moment in American history” and vowed to maintain his “America First” policy as he touched the hallmarks of his 2016 campaign, hard-line immigration policies and defence spending.

He said that the country has made significant progress during his presidency and all that is at risk if he were to be defeated in the presidential elections next year.

Unveiling the theme of “Keep America Great”, Trump in his roughly 80-minute speech, exuded confidence of winning the general elections. In his 2016 election campaign, he had popularised the slogan “Make America Great Again”.

Addressing his supporters who filled the Orlando’s Amway Center, brimming with enthusiasm for the President, Trump said, “We’re going to keep on going. We’re going to keep on fighting and we’re going to keep on winning, winning, winning”.

Nearly two dozen Democratic leaders, including former US vice president Joe Biden, are aspiring to contest against him in the November 2020 presidential elections. The winner of the Democratic primary beginning early next year would get to challenge him.

Vice President Mike Pence and the entire First Family along with First Lady Melania Trump were on the stage during the president’s first campaign speech.

Trump also asked his outgoing press secretary Sarah Sanders to address the enthusiastic crowd. Trump is seeking her to run for the Governor of Arizona.

“We’re going to miss her,” Trump said, calling her “a warrior”.

Amidst chants of “four more years” from his supporters, Trump announced his 2020 re-election campaign to complete his unfinished agenda.

In his speech, Trump accused Democrats of pushing socialism and vowed, “America will never be a socialist country”.

“Nobody has done what we have done in two-and-a-half years,” he said, citing his economic policies as a major accomplishment of his first term.

He pledged to continue a crackdown against illegal immigration, one day after tweeting that US authorities would soon begin removing “millions of illegal aliens” from the country.

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