The day U.S. President Donald Trump was inaugurated was the day he also signed paperwork for his bid for re-election in 2020 — making him the first incumbent president in at least 38 years to start campaigning for a second run before the midterms.
For his second campaign, Trump has already racked up millions of dollars. His PAC committees — Donald J. Trump for President, Trump Make America Great Again Committee and Trump Victory — have already raised a hefty US$11 million as of December.
Trump’s early filing in his bid for re-election also means that his team can continue to fundraise and campaign for the next four years.
“Trump plans to keep his Manhattan-based campaign headquarters in operation with a skeletal campaign staff in order to maintain and build his list and raise money during his presidency. That’s something of a departure from other recent presidents, who have tended to roll their political operations into their respective national party committees,” writes Politico.
Protests opposing Trump's presidency have sprouted since he was elected, with many ramping up since the day of his inauguration. In order to counter this mass discontent, six Trump campaign aides have formed a new nonprofit called America First Policies dedicated to pushing Trump’s agenda and expanding his support base.