Current USA president Donald Trump launches 2020 re-election bid

Current USA president Donald Trump launches 2020 re-election bid

- Trump, the 45th and current president of America, launched his re-election bid on Tuesday night in Orlando, Florida

- He kicked off his campaign with attack on Democrats who he accused of trying to destroy America

- His job approval ratings, however, do not favour him compared to the other 2020 presidential hopefuls

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United States of America (USA) president Donald John Trump has officially declared interest in the 2020 presidential race as he seeks to continue his leadership despite losing favour.

Trump, American billionaire who emerged from outside Washington's political establishment to clinch the most powerful political seat in the world, indicated he will be on the ballot once again as an 'outsider'.

US president Donald Trump launches 2020 presidential bid as popularity dwindles

United States of America (USA) president Donald John Trump announced his 2020 re-election bid on the night of Tuesday, June 18, in Orlando, Florida. Photo:Getty Images.

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Trump kicked off the re-election campaign on Tuesday, June 18, at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, his strongest swing state, with scathing attack against the Democrats whom he accused of trying to destroy the America and its citizens.

"Our radical Democrat opponents are driven by hatred, prejudice and rage. They want to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it. Not acceptable, it is not going to happen. Not going to happen," the president said.

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He cited Robert Mueller’s investigation into his alleged ties with Russia during the 2016 campaigns as one of the evidents that the Democrats were fueling hatred, arguing the Russia probe was not only an attack on him as a person but also an attack on America and Americans.

"They tried to erase your vote, erase your legacy of the greatest campaign and the greatest election probably in the history of our country," Trump alleged amid cheers from his Florida fans.

Notably, Trump's overall approval rating has significantly dropped over the past year and a half with the most recent poll showing he had an approval rate of 42% and 53% disapproval according to a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University between June 6 and June 10, 2019.

In his first Month in office, Gallup poll showed Trump's approval rating stood at 45%, a fairly good standing compared to the subsequent record.

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The ratings declined over the course of his first year in the White House and by the end of 2017 it had dropped to an overall 38.4%, which was more than 10% lower compared to that of his predecessors including former US president Barack Obama.

His approval rating, however, steadily rose in April 2019 from 45% to 46%, but he was still unpopular compared to other 2020 presidential hopefuls going by the Gallup poll.

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Another poll released by Quinnipiac on June 11, 2019, showed Trump losing 40-53 to one of Democratic party's top candidates Joe Biden.

He was also down 51-42 against Bernie Sanders, also from the Democratic party; 41-49 to Kamala Harris; 42-49 to Elizabeth Warren; 42-47 to Pete Buttigieg; and 42-47 to Cory Booker.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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