It’s barely 2018, but US President Donald Trump is gearing up for a 2020 re-election campaign, with a familiar sounding new slogan: “Keep America Great!”
Addressing a rally in a Pittsburgh suburb, Trump endorsed a Republican candidate in a closely-watched upcoming special congressional election, before turning to his own political future.
“Our new slogan when we start running – can you believe it, in two years from now – is going to be: ‘Keep America great, exclamation point,'” he said.
Trump’s snappy but controversial “Make America Great Again” slogan dominated the 2016 election atmosphere, and his supporters – many of whom wore red hats bearing the phrase at the rally – have used it as a catchphrase for the president’s first year in office.
Trump did mention the Republican running in Tuesday’s special election, Rick Saccone, a handful of times. A good man, he called him.
But for almost all of his 75-minute performance in front of a raucous crowd packed into a hangar, it was in-his-element Trump, vintage 2016: rambling and fiery, boastful and jocular – the part of being president that he loves perhaps the most.