Donald Trump launches re-election bid


US President Donald Trump has formally launched his 2020 re-election campaign.

The president declared his intention on Tuesday before thousands of supporters at a rally in Orlando, Florida. He noted that he will be seeking re-election as an outsider, just as he did in 2016.

“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.”

During his speech, the president reiterated key themes of his winning 2016 campaign. He pledged to continue a crackdown against illegal immigration, one day after tweeting that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would soon begin removing “millions of illegal aliens” from the country.

“We believe our country should be a sanctuary for law-abiding citizens, not for criminal aliens,” Trump told Florida supporters.

He also lashed out at Democrats, accusing them of trying to “rip your country apart” by attempting to legalise illegal immigration in order to boost their voting base.

Senior figures from the White House, including Vice President Mike Pence and outgoing press secretary Sarah Sanders, also spoke at the rally.

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