The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):
A boisterous crowd of thousands of supporters has gathered in front of the Amway Center arena in Orlando, Florida, hours before President Donald Trump will hold a rally to formally launch his reelection campaign.
A cover band on a stage played Southern rock standards such as Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home, Alabama.”
Vendors for blocks around sold water, as well as pins, hats and T-shirts with slogans including “Trump 2020” and “ICE ICE Baby.” In the summer heat, some women wore “Make America Great Again” bathing suits.
Fifty-six-year-old Margaret McDeed says she came from Tampa and supports Trump because “his policies are for the American people.” She adds that, as a tax accountant, she’s seen savings from the Republican-backed tax cuts.
Thirty-three year old Alex Fuentes wore a shirt that said “Make Democrats cry again.” The rally is set to begin at 8 p.m. local time.
President Trump said on his fanpage, “Massive rally TONIGHT in Orlando, Florida!”
“Wild” like a rock concert.
That’s how President Donald Trump envisions his campaign kickoff rally in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday night.
To Trump, Republican enthusiasm is at an all-time high.
Trump says his re-election launch will be a political spectacle. In a tweet, he says: “People have never seen anything like it (unless you play a guitar). Going to be wild — See you later!”
Some supporters started lining up Monday to attend the event.
Campaign advisers say Trump will seek to connect his first term to the goals he hopes to achieve with four more years as president.