Only a month into running the country, President Donald Trump has begun running for re-election, landing in Florida for what the White House calls a "campaign event" scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday at the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport in a hangar that served as a Trump campaign rally site in September.
Trump is scheduled to travel from West Palm Beach to Orlando aboard Air Force One, according to ABC News, but reportedly will not use the official presidential jet as a backdrop for his speech. The president himself predicted that the crowd for Saturday's rally will be large.
“I'll be in Melbourne, Florida, at 5 'clock on Saturday. And I heard, just heard that the crowds are massive that want to be there,” the president said at his Thursday press conference.
Trump filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission the day he was inaugurated, indicating a possible 2020 run, something both former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush waited to do until a few years into their first terms, said ABC News.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday was asked about the Saturday rally and called it “a campaign event” and said it was “being run by the campaign.”
According to PBS News citing a person close to the president, the campaign is running the event because Trump did not want to spend taxpayer dollars, a common practice when politicians combine trips of both a governing and campaign nature. Trump’s campaign account still had more than $7.6 million at the end of 2016, according to fundraising reports.