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Trump set to formally announce 2020 re-election campaign June 18

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Trump set to formally announce 2020 re-election campaign June 18

President Trump is expected to officially announce his 2020 re-election campaign at a rally in Florida later this month.

“I will be announcing my Second Term Presidential Run with First Lady Melania, Vice President Mike Pence, and Second Lady Karen Pence on June 18th in Orlando, Florida, at the 20,000 seat Amway Center. Join us for this Historic Rally!” Trump tweeted over the weekend, with a link for supporters to register for tickets to the event.

Trump announced his first presidential run on June 16, 2015, from Trump Tower in New York City.

While Trump will officially announce his 2020 bid, his campaign has been up and running for months. The Trump re-election campaign offices are open in Washington, D.C., and in New York City.

Meanwhile, there are 23 Democratic candidates vying to compete against Trump in the general election. Many of those candidates are pushing Socialist policies like “Medicare-for-all” and the “Green New Deal,” and Trump’s campaign plans to stitch a counter-“Socialist” theme into their message.

“We see them as a homogenous group of Socialists,” Trump campaign’s national press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told Fox News.

But Trump has specifically taken aim at former Vice President Joe Biden, who, according to the latest polls, is leading in the crowded Democratic primary field in the double digits.

Trump has said he would beat “sleepy”  Biden “easily” in 2020, and has said the former vice president does not have enough “energy” to hold the post — in an apparent swipe at his age.

“I think we’d beat him easily,” Trump, who is turning 73 later this month, said.

“I feel like a young man. I am a young, vibrant man,” Trump said. “I look at Joe, I don’t know about him.”

The president’s comments seemingly were a shot at the age of Biden, who is 76.

“I would never say anyone’s too old,” Trump said. “I know they’re all making me look very young, both in terms of age and in terms of energy.”

Biden became the 20th candidate to join the crowded Democratic primary field. But Biden is not the oldest in the pack. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is 77.

Should Trump be re-elected, he will be 74 on Jan. 20, 2021 — Inauguration Day. Should the presidency go to one of the elder Democrats in the field — Biden would be 78; Sanders would be 79, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., would be 71.

While Trump has dubbed some 2020 candidates with nicknames and criticized their policies, almost every candidate in the Democratic primary field is running on one message — get Trump out of office.

Just this week, many Democratic candidates called for the House to begin impeachment proceedings against the president, following a rare announcement from Special Counsel Robert Mueller saying that charging the president with a crime was “not an option” due to longstanding Justice Department policy and that the Constitution allows for different venues to hold the president accountable for alleged wrongdoings and misconduct.

Mueller’s Russia investigation, which has left a cloud over the Trump presidency, is officially complete. Mueller found no evidence of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Mueller led an inquiry into whether the president obstructed justice, but did not come to a conclusion on the matter. Congressional Democrats have seized on that lack of decision and have used Mueller’s public statement last week as a signal to intensify talks on impeachment.

The Democratic primary candidates are set to face-off for the first time in Miami, Fla., later this month.

And as for Trump’s re-election slogan, McEnany said the campaign will continue to use “Make America Great Again,” even if re-tooled to something like “MAGA ’20.”

“Everyone knows MAGA,” McEnany said. “Everyone knows the red hat.”

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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Pelosi flexes muscle over party in impeachment debate, but ‘dam’ could collapse

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Pelosi flexes muscle over party in impeachment debate, but ‘dam’ could collapse

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has wielded her power to quash a faction of Democrats rallying for President Trump’s impeachment, but frustrated members within the party say the president is one misstep away from “that dam collapsing,” according to a Sunday report.

Since reassuming leadership over the house, Pelosi has thwarted her party’s liberal wing from going forward with impeachment proceedings, encouraging them to instead focus on other issues like health care.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., reflects on President Donald Trump's statement that he would accept assistance from a foreign power. 

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., reflects on President Donald Trump’s statement that he would accept assistance from a foreign power. 
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“I don’t think there’s anything more divisive we can do than to impeach a president of the United States, and so you have to handle it with great care,” Pelosi told CNN on Sunday. “It has to be about the truth and the facts to take you to whatever decision has to be there.”

Some lawmakers say their deference to Pelosi is out of respect for the speaker’s political expertise, and agree that impeachment would do more harm than good.

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“She is the single smartest strategist that we’ve ever had…People are not wanting to second guess her because she’s been right on so many fronts,” Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., told the Washington Post.

But other Democratic lawmakers, like Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., admit they toe the party line out of fear.

“One, you want to be a team player and support the leader’s position, but secondly you’re worried about your own self and…what can happen if you don’t follow along,” Schrader told the paper.

Some argue that President Trump’s defiance of congressional investigators will eventually break the divide between moderate Democrats and its liberal wing.

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Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., described Pelosi’s hold over Democrats as “fragile” because “we’re kind of one event, one piece of explosive testimony, one action by Trump away from that dam collapsing.”

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The Democrats’ pro-impeachment camp howled this week after Trump said in an interview with ABC that he’d be willing to listen if a foreign government had dirt on an opponent. Yet despite the familiar refrain of impeachment, Pelosi didn’t budge an inch on impeachment after Trump’s comments.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

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Trump asks Mulvaney to leave Oval Office for coughing during ABC interview

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Trump asks Mulvaney to leave Oval Office for coughing during ABC interview

President Trump was apparently so perturbed by his chief of staff coughing during an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in the Oval Office last week, that he asked his staffer to leave the room, according to a transcript from the station.

Trump had been asked a question about his tax returns when someone off camera – identified as Mulvaney – reportedly begins coughing.

“I hope they get it, because it’s a fantastic financial statement,” Trump said Stephanopoulos amid apparent coughing before saying: “And let’s do that over, he’s coughing in the middle of my answer.”

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“I don’t like that, you know, I don’t like that,” Trump reportedly said of Mulvaney’s coughing. “If you’re going to couch, please leave the room. You just can’t, you just can’t cough. Boy oh boy.”

“Your chief of staff,” Stephanopoulos reportedly clarified.

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The interview, which was broadcast Sunday, proceeded with Trump saying although he wanted people to see his “phenomenal” financial statement, it’s “not up to me, it’s up to my lawyers.”

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Buttigieg says he won’t be first gay president, ‘almost certain’ we’ve had others

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Buttigieg says he won't be first gay president, 'almost certain' we've had others

Mayor Pete Buttigieg doesn’t believe he’ll be the first gay president if elected in 2020.

“I would imagine we’ve probably had excellent presidents who were gay — we just didn’t know which ones,” he told “Axios on HBO.”

“I mean, statistically, it’s almost certain.”

FILE: Democratic presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a grassroots event on Friday, June 14, 2019, in Alexandria, Va.

FILE: Democratic presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a grassroots event on Friday, June 14, 2019, in Alexandria, Va.
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Asked if he possibly knew which commander-in-chief was playing for the other team, the Democratic hopeful said: “My gaydar even doesn’t work that well in the present, let alone retroactively. But one can only assume that’s the case.”

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Buttigieg — who is mayor of South Bend, Ind. — has been rising in the polls as of late. He would be the first openly gay presidential candidate, if nominated next next year.

The 37-year-old has been asked in the past about the possibility of there ever being a gay president, with BuzzFeed posing the question back in March.

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“My gaydar is not great to begin with and definitely doesn’t work over long stretches of time,” he repeated. “I think we’ll just have to let the historians figure that out.”

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