President Donald Trump announces re-election campaign in Orlando

Trump hoped to raise $7 million by midnight

By ClickOrlando Staff, Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. - President Donald Trump officially announced his re-election bid at his rally at the Amway Center in Orlando Tuesday night.

Some supporters lined up more than 40 hours before he was scheduled to show up.

9:36 p.m.

President Trump ended his speech telling voters with their support they are going to keep on winning.

"We will make America wealthy again, we will make America strong again, we will make America great again," President Trump said. 

 

9:30 p.m.

President Trump told supporters he is building the wall along the Mexican border.

He said supporters will also vote in more Republicans to congress

“This election is about you,” President Trump said. 
 

9:02 p.m.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders made an appearance and thanked President Trump for giving her the chance to serve as White House press secretary. 

“He’s going to have an incredible six more years,” Sanders said. 

9 p.m.

President Donald Trump is returning to a familiar theme of attacking old trade deals as he tries to appeal to working-class voters in his campaign kickoff for 2020.

Trump said Tuesday in Orlando, Florida, that the U.S. is taking in billions of dollars in tariffs and that companies are leaving China as a result of the 25 percent tariffs he has imposed on $250 billion in Chinese imports. Trump is preparing to target $300 billion in Chinese imports that he hasn't already hit with tariffs.

Trump says the U.S. helped rebuild China, and "they took us for suckers, and that includes Obama and Biden."

Trump tells supporters he's fighting for them. He says, "I have news for Democrats who want to return us to the bitter failures and betrayals of the past: We are not going back."

8:55 p.m.

The president said officially announced he will run again in 2020 about 50 minutes into his speech.

He also cheered his new campaign slogan "Keep America Great."

8:53 p.m.

President Trump said he will keep on fighting for every man, woman and child in this country.

"We're going to keep it better than ever before," Trump said.

8:45 p.m.

President Donald Trump is telling supporters in Florida that he has taken on the "political machine" during his presidency and "that is why the swamp is fighting back so viciously and violently."

Trump formally kicked off his 2020 campaign on Tuesday by complaining that "for the last 2 1/2 years we have been under siege."

Despite that, Trump claims that he has accomplished more than any other president during his first 2 1/2 years in office.

Trump is complaining about special counsel Robert Muller's investigation into Russian meddling in 2016, stating, "We went through the greatest witch hunt in political history."

He is proclaiming that his opponents have been given a "free pass" and is telling supporters: "They are really going after you. That's what this is all about."

8:21 p.m.

President Trump said the country broke down the doors of Washington.

"We are draining the swamp, right now," Trump said.

He was happy with the turnout at the Amway Center.

"We love Orlando, Trump said. 

8:12 p.m.

President Trump takes the stage at the Amway Center.

"It has been my honor to serve as First Lady the past two years," Melania Trump said.

8:10 p.m.

Governor Ron DeSantis Senator Rick Scott and Marco Rubio were in attendance at the rally.

Vice President Mike Pence says America needs four more years of President Donald Trump.

At a 2020 campaign kickoff rally Tuesday in the critical swing state of Florida, Pence told a crowd of thousands: "It's on everybody. Time for Round 2."

Pence says Trump promised to make America great again, "and that's exactly what we've done."

Pence says the president has made unprecedented investments in securing the U.S. border with Mexico. The crowd chanted, "Build that wall!" -- one of Trump's catchphrases.

He is also crediting Trump with delivering 5.8 million jobs since the last election and says four more years means more jobs and judges. He says: "It's going to take at least four more years to drain that swamp."

He says, "As the campaign begins, I encourage you: Bring all your enthusiasm and have faith."

8:05 p.m.

Supporters who did not get into the Amway Center for the event watched the speech on a big screen outside.

 

7:55 p.m.

Vice President Mike Pence said the country needs four more years of Trump.

"It's on everybody, it's time for round two," Pence said. 

After Pence said this, the crowd started chanting the president's name.

Pence said Americans are doing better than they were doing three years ago.

“We made history in 2016 and we will make history again in 2020 when we reelect the 45th President for four more years,” Pence said.

6:50 p.m.

Donald Trump Jr. was the first to talk at the rally in Orlando, he got supporters to chant "Four more years."

6:25 p.m.

Governor Ron DeSantis and Casey DeSantis meet with Donald Trump and Melania Trump before the president heads to the Amway Center.

6:15 p.m.

President Trump lands in Orlando.

5:30 p.m.

White House officials said President Trump is expected to land in Orlando at 6:20 p.m.

News 6 anchor Matt Austin interviewed Vice President Mike Pence to ask why Central Florida is so important in the 2020 election. 

5 p.m.

Supporters started to fill the seats at the Amway Center three hours before the president's scheduled speech.

News 6 reporter Erik Sandoval said around 500 media members are credentialed for the event.

He said there are even media members from London and Australia for the event tonight. 

President Trump is hoping to raise $7 million by midnight.

Since 1992, the presidential candidate who carries the majority of the counties on the Interstate 4 corridor from St. Petersburg to Daytona has won the general election, according to University of Central Florida history professor and News 6 political analyst Jim Clark.

 

 

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