October 18, 2019: Trump announced he would hold rallies in Mississippi and Kentucky in the first week of November. Both states are holding gubernatorial elections on November 5.
October 17, 2019: Roughly 20,000 people attended Trump’s rally in Dallas, where he criticized the Democratic presidential candidates and spoke about the ceasefire in Turkey.
October 17, 2019: Trump is expected to discuss job growth during a campaign rally in Dallas.
October 15, 2019: Donald Trump Jr., Kimberly Guilfoyle, and campaign manager Brad Parscale hosted a “Keep America Great” panel in San Antonio, preceding Trump’s rally in Dallas on October 17.
October 15, 2019: The Trump campaign, authorized joint fundraising committees, and Republican National Committee had a cumulative $158 million in cash on hand after the third quarter of 2019.
October 10, 2019: Trump held a rally in Minneapolis. He criticized Biden and Rep. Ilhan Omar. At the rally, Trump predicted that he would carry the state in the general election.
October 9, 2019: In response to Joe Biden calling for his impeachment, Trump tweeted, "So pathetic to see Sleepy Joe Biden, who with his son, Hunter, and to the detriment of the American Taxpayer, has ripped off at least two countries for millions of dollars, calling for my impeachment — and I did nothing wrong."
October 8, 2019: Trump said of his decision to remove U.S. troops from the border of Syria, "We may be in the process of leaving Syria, but in no way have we Abandoned the Kurds, who are special people and wonderful fighters." He said he had campaigned on ending wars.
October 4, 2019: Trump’s campaign announced that it would spend $1 million to air ads critical of Biden in early primary states.
October 3, 2019: CNN rejected two of three ads submitted by the Trump campaign, citing fact issues and disparagement of CNN employees. CNN accepted one ad titled, “Changing Things.”
October 2, 2019: As part of a previously announced $8 million ad buy, Trump started airing a new ad that calls the impeachment inquiry a coup.
October 1, 2019: Trump and the Republican National Committee together raised $125 million in the third quarter of 2019.
October 1, 2019: ABC reported that Trump spent more than $1 million on anti-impeachment Facebook ads last week.
September 27, 2019: The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee spent $10 million total on an ad campaign targeting Biden for alleged corruption in Ukraine and saying the Democrats want to steal the 2020 presidential election.
September 24-26, 2019: Trump raised $13 million through fundraising emails following the impeachment inquiry announcement and two fundraisers.
September 25, 2019: Trump dismissed the impeachment inquiry during a press conference in New York City.
September 24, 2019: Trump and the Republican National Committee raised $1 million after sending fundraising emails Tuesday calling for supporters to donate and join the “Official Impeachment Defense Task Force.”
September 24, 2019: Trump delivered his third address to the United Nations General Assembly, discussing the military, unemployment, USMCA, immigration, and foreign policy.
September 23, 2019: Trump attended the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York.
September 22, 2019: Trump appeared with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally in Houston with 50,000 people registered to attend.
September 22, 2019: Trump said that he had discussed corruption allegations against Biden and his son, Hunter, in a July phone call with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Trump said media reports that he pressured the Ukranian government to investigate Biden were false. Following initial reports about the phone call, Biden called it an abuse of power and called on Congress to investigate Trump's communications with Zelensky.
September 20, 2019: Trump is hosting Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the first state dinner of the year.
September 18, 2019: Trump visited a portion of fencing at the California-Mexico border.
September 17, 2019: The Trump campaign posted a digital video featuring Biden's alleged gaffes and television commentary critical of his campaign and debate performances. The video ends with the statement, "You just wonder.”
September 16, 2019: Fortune reported that Trump was expected to raise more than $15 million for the joint fundraising committee Trump Victory during a California fundraising trip on September 17 and 18.
September 16, 2019: Trump held a campaign rally in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
September 12, 2019: Trump launched a media campaign in Texas that included two full-page newspaper ads targeting Biden, Castro, and Warren, and a flyover ad criticizing socialism. He also spoke at the House Republican Conference member retreat in Baltimore.
September 10, 2019: Trump endorsed Ben Sasse—a Trump critic who opposed his 2016 presidential run—in his Senate reelection campaign.
September 9, 2019: Trump held a rally at the Crown Expo Center in North Carolina, where two congressional special elections took place on September 10.
September 7, 2019: Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale headlined the California Republican Convention. In his speech, Parscale said the Trump family was a dynasty and they would move the GOP “into a new party – one that will adapt to changing cultures.”
September 5, 2019: Trump campaign officials said Trump could hold rallies in Minnesota, New Mexico, Colorado, and Nevada by the end of 2019.
September 2, 2019: Trump's campaign flew planes with campaign banners over beaches and riverfronts in Detroit, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Erie, and Virginia Beach.
August 29, 2019: Trump canceled a scheduled trip to Poland to remain in the United States as Hurricane Dorian approaches landfall on the East Coast.
August 28, 2019: Trump announced that he would make his first reelection campaign trip to the Bay Area on Sept. 17. Mike Pence also spoke at the American Legion’s national convention in Indianapolis.
August 27, 2019: Trump returned to the White House following the final day of the G7 summit.
August 24-26, 2019: Trump was in Biarritz, France attending the G7 summit.
August 22, 2019: The Trump campaign announced its Iowa leadership team with Gov. Kim Reynolds and Chuck Grassley as honorary state chairs, Carly Miller as state director, and Stephanie Alexander as regional political director.
August 21, 2019: Trump headlined a fundraiser for Matt Bevin’s gubernatorial reelection campaign in Kentucky.
August 20, 2019: Mike Pence spoke at the Detroit Economic Club, reiterating Trump’s messaging that the economy will decline if Trump is not reelected.
August 18, 2019: Trump confirmed that he would keep Mike Pence as his running mate in 2020.
August 15, 2019: Trump discussed the economy, tariffs, the Democratic field, and mental health policy during a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire. He said the stock market will crash if he is not reelected in 2020.
August 15, 2019: Trump brought his campaign to New Hampshire for the first time in 2019, holding a rally in Manchester.
August 13, 2019: Trump said he was delaying a portion of the tariffs on Chinese imports until Dec. 15 to prevent any negative effect on holiday sales.
August 12, 2019: The Trump administration issued a new rule expanding the factors an official can consider when evaluating whether an immigrant applying for admission or adjustment of status could become primarily dependent on the government for subsistence. The rule goes into effect Oct. 15.
August 9, 2019: Trump raised $12 million at two fundraisers in the Hamptons.
August 9, 2019: Trump departed for his New Jersey golf club as part of his annual August holiday.
August 9, 2019: Real estate developer Stephen Ross hosted Trump at a fundraiser. Tickets for a private roundtable discussion with Trump were $250,000.
August 7, 2019: Trump visited El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, to meet with the communities affected by the weekend’s mass shootings.
August 6, 2019: Trump sued California, challenging the constitutionality of a state law requiring presidential candidates to disclose income tax returns in order to appear on the ballot.
August 5, 2019: Washington Examinerprofiled Mike Pence’s efforts to engage conservative and evangelical support for Trump.
August 4-5, 2019: Trump called the weekend’s mass shootings part of a "mental illness problem." Trump also tweeted, "Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks, perhaps marrying this legislation with desperately needed immigration reform."
August 3, 2019: Politico reported that Katrina Pierson would lead the African Americans for Donald Trump coalition, which was set to launch after Labor Day.
August 1, 2019: During a campaign rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, Trump spoke about poverty and crime in urban areas, Democratic leadership, and immigration.
July 31, 2019: The pro-Trump super PACsAmerica First Action and America First Policiesreported raising $17.8 million in the first half of 2019.
July 30, 2019: Trump began airing an ad criticizing the Democratic field on healthcare for individuals residing in the U.S. without legal permission. The ad was set to air both nights of the second set of Democratic debates on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News.
July 29, 2019: The Detroit News profiled Trump's campaign strategy and organization in Michigan.
July 26, 2019:The Washington Postreported on Jared Kushner's role in Trump's re-election campaign, describing him as a "de facto campaign manager".
July 25, 2019: Trump held a meeting in the White House to discuss the Democratic primary, small donor platform WinRed, and field operations. Party and campaign officials identified Biden, Harris, and Warren as top challengers.
July 24, 2019: Trump traveled to Wheeling, West Virginia, for a private campaign fundraiser. Trump vetoed three joint resolutions that would have prohibited certain arms sales in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, and Italy.
July 23, 2019: Trump spoke at the Turning Point Teen Student Action Summit for conservative high school students.
July 22, 2019: Donald Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., announced he was writing a book titled Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us, scheduled to be released on November 5, 2019—roughly one year before the 2020 presidential election.
July 19, 2019: Trump hosted a fundraiser at his Bedminster golf course.
July 18, 2019: The Trump campaign recruited at least 400 experienced bundlers to work on fundraising, according to a CNBC report.
July 16, 2019:Politicoreported that top donors to the Trump Victory Committee, a joint fundraising venture by the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee, included Nebraska donor Marlene Ricketts and former Small Business Administration head Linda McMahon. They each gave the maximum contribution of $360,000. Trump launched the Women for Trump coalition at an event near Philadelphia. Leading the effort were Lara Trump, Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel, former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, and others.
July 12, 2019: Trump attended a private fundraiser in Cleveland, Ohio, hosted by nursing home executive Brian Colleran. Trump promoted the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement during campaign stops in Wisconsin and Ohio.
July 11, 2019:Politico examined Trump's 2020 campaign messaging on immigration and the economy.
July 9, 2019: Trump invited Republican lawmakers, political strategists, and conservative social media personalities to the White House to discuss the “opportunities and challenges of today’s online environment.”
July 8, 2019: Trump delivered a speech on his administration’s environmental policies at the White House.
July 3, 2019:The Washington Timesreported that the Trump campaign was expected to focus on Joe Biden's (D) record in the Senate, rather than his tenure as vice president, if he wins the Democratic presidential nomination.
July 2, 2019: The Trump campaign announced that it and joint fundraising committees raised $54 million in the second quarter of 2019.
July 1, 2019: Politico reported that White House director of strategic communications Mercedes Schlapp was moving to Trump's campaign to work on strategy and Latino outreach.
June 30, 2019: Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to enter North Korea. He then met with Kim Jong-un for an hour in the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas.
June 27, 2019: Trump arrived in Japan for the G20 summit where tariffs, the global economy, climate change, oil markets, and marine plastic waste were expected to be discussed.
June 26, 2019: The Trump campaign announced that more than four dozen surrogates for Trump would make media appearances in battleground state markets during and after the Democratic presidential primary debate. Also, Trump raised $36 million in the first week since launching his re-election bid, including more than $24 million in the first 24 hours.
June 24, 2019: Trump unveiled WinRed, a fundraising site positioned as a counterpart to the Democratic Party's ActBlue.
June 22, 2019: Trump announced he would delay Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids in 10 major cities for two weeks to give Congress more time to develop a solution.
June 21, 2019: Trump said that he called off a military strike on Iran that he had approved the previous night in response to a U.S. drone having been shot down in Iranian airspace. He cited concerns over casualties as the reason for calling off the strike.
June 20, 2019:TIME published a profile of Trump's reelection campaign. In an interview for the piece, Trump suggested that he might not need to focus on winning over swing voters and might instead focus on driving turnout among his supporters.
June 19, 2019:Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDanielstated that Trump raised $24.8 million toward his reelection in less than 24 hours amid his official campaign kickoff Tuesday. Trump raised $30.3 million during the first quarter of the year, from January 1 through the end of March.
June 18, 2019: Trump announced his re-election bid in Orlando, Florida. His 2020 campaign slogan will be Keep America Great. The Bridge Project released an ad in opposition to Trump that highlights audio from last year related to family separation at the U.S.-Mexico border. The ad played on the radio in Orlando prior to Trump’s re-election announcement. According to the group’s website, The Bridge Project “is dedicated to opposing the conservative movement’s extreme ideology and exposing its dishonest tactics.”
June 14, 2019: Trump called into Fox and Friends to celebrate his 73rd birthday and spoke with the hosts for 50 minutes.
June 13, 2019: Trump and pro-Trump groups had spent more than $10 million on digital advertising in battleground states like Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.
June 12, 2019: Trump discussed whether he would accept information from a foreign government on a political opponent without informing the FBI in an interview. “It’s not an interference, they have information — I think I’d take it,” Trump said. “If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI.”
June 11, 2019: Trump spoke at Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy in Council Bluffs and a fundraiser in Des Moines. He promoted his trade policy and criticized the Green New Deal and Biden.
June 10, 2019: In an interview with CNBC, Trump discussed his Mexico and China tariff strategy.
June 7, 2019: Trump announced that the U.S. would not impose tariffs on Mexican goods following an agreement with Mexico on border security.
June 6, 2019: Reutersreported on Republican efforts to boost Trump's re-election campaign in Ohio, including developing a central database for voter information collected by volunteers.
June 5, 2019: The pro-Trump Great America PAC and the Committee to Defend the President PAC announced that they would work together to register one million new voters. “The first phase of the project will target an initial spend of more than $1 million, both nationally and in the key battleground states of Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. The second phase of the project will expand to Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, and New Hampshire, including national bus tours,” they said in a statement.
June 4, 2019:Politico published an article detailing Trump's strategy of targeting New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Nevada—none of which have been won by a Republican presidential nominee since 2004—with campaign staff sent to each state. The Trump administration ended cruise travel to Cuba, banning both cruise ships and educational travel programs.
May 31, 2019: Trump announced that he would formally launch his re-election campaign with a rally in Orlando, Florida on June 18, 2019.
May 30, 2019: Trump announced that the U.S. would begin imposing a 5 percent tariff on all goods from Mexico beginning June 10. The tariff will increase up to a rate of 25 percent “until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP,” Trump tweeted.
May 30, 2019: Trump responded to Mueller’s press conference, tweeting, “Nothing changes from the Mueller Report. There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed! Thank you.” Axios reported that the Trump campaign was developing digital micro-targeting operations for three demographic groups: black, Hispanic, and suburban women voters. The potential messaging would be criminal justice policy, school choice, and funding childhood cancer research for each respective group.
May 29, 2019: Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said he was considering creating an account for Trump on the new social media platform Parler, which has a large conservative user base. “Having Trump’s imprimatur would give the platform overnight cachet and satisfy calls from his social media-savvy supporters for the president to stick it to the Silicon Valley companies with which he maintains a strained, symbiotic relationship,” Politico reported.
May 28, 2019: Trump traveled to Japan over Memorial Day weekend to meet with Japanese business leaders and recognize the country’s new emperor.
May 23, 2019: Vanity Fair reported on how the Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign are conducting and planning to use opposition research against Biden.
May 21, 2019: The Mercury News reported that Trump spent nearly $5 million on Facebook advertising since the beginning of 2019 with a focus on immigration and ads targeting older Americans and women.
May 21, 2019: Trump held a rally in Pennsylvania to support Fred Keller (R) against Marc Friedenberg (D) in the special election in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District. While discussing the 2020 election, Trump focused on Pennsylvania-born Joe Biden, saying he deserted the state by representing Delaware in the U.S. Senate.
May 20, 2019: Fox News interviewed Trump about immigration policy, China, trade agreements, Iran, terrorism, and tax policy. Trump also traveled to Pennsylvania.
May 16, 2019: The Trump campaign announced its plans to target five states Hillary Clinton won in 2016: Minnesota, New Hampshire, Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico.
May 16, 2019: Trump was scheduled to appear on The Next Revolution on May 20 on Fox News Channel.
May 16, 2019: Trump released a new immigration plan focused on a merit-based system. The plan will include increased border security and a modified green card system that favors highly skilled workers over relatives of individuals already in the U.S.
May 14, 2019: The pro-Trump super PAC America First Policies designated Ohio as a priority. The group announced its plan to spend $300 million there and in five other states: Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.
May 13, 2019: The Morning Call reported the Trump campaign’s intention to hold a campaign rally in Lycoming County in Pennsylvania on May 20. It was scheduled to coincide with a special election in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District the following day.
May 12, 2019: Tampa Bay Timesinterviewed Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale about microtargeting strategy and Florida politics.
May 8, 2019: Trump held his fourth Make America Great Again rally this year in Panama City Beach, Florida, where he criticized Democrats for not doing enough to provide disaster relief funding.
May 8, 2019: The New York Timesreported that Trump showed over $1 billion in losses on his businesses from 1985 to 1994 and as a result did not pay income taxes for eight of the 10 years. Trump’s personal lawyer Charles Harder said that drawing conclusions from a tax transcript was speculative and the report was false.
May 7, 2019: Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale, Vice President Mike Pence, and other top Republican officials pitched a bundler program to donors who declined to contribute to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign during a gathering at Trump International Hotel.
May 3, 2019: Trump said that tariffs for $200 billion of Chinese goods will increase from 10 to 25 percent.
April 27, 2019: Trump held his third MAGA rally of the year in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he discussed the Mueller report, sending apprehended migrants to sanctuary cities, and the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord.
April 27, 2019: Former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle announced that she would join Trump’s campaign as a senior adviser.
April 25, 2019: Trump gave an extended telephone interview on Hannity where he discussed Biden’s entry into the race and the other 2020 Democratic contenders. Trump spoke at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Indiana on April 26.
April 24, 2019: Senior advisers to Trump traveled to Pennsylvania to meet with state party officials on field deployment, voter data, and coordination between state and national officials. Trump won Pennsylvania by less than 1 percentage point in 2016.
April 18, 2019: Trump tweeted frequently about the Mueller report, saying that it showed no collusion or obstruction.
April 16, 2019: Axios posted an analysis piece noting that Trump had been targeting a plurality of his digital Facebook ads—44 percent—to users who are 65 years old and up.
April 16, 2019: Trump was scheduled to headline the Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit on April 24 in Atlanta and hold a rally in Wisconsin on April 27, rather than attend the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.
April 14, 2019: The Trump campaign announced that he had raised $30 million in the first quarter of 2019. The Republican National Committee also raised $46 million, setting a record for its best non-election year total.
April 14, 2019: Trump began targeting states that he lost by 100,000 votes or less in 2016: Minnesota, New Mexico, Nevada, and New Hampshire. He visited Minnesota for the third time since taking office, where he highlighted the 2017 tax overhaul bill.
April 11, 2019: TIMEreported on Trump making immigration the centerpiece of his 2020 presidential campaign.
April 10, 2019: Trump traveled to San Antonio, Texas, as part of a fundraising trip. He added that he would send troops to the border to combat an increase in Central America migrants.
April 9, 2019: Trump tweeted a campaign video that juxtaposed images of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, among others, with the following text: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they call you racist. Donald J. Trump. Your vote proved them all wrong."
April 8, 2019: Bloomberg reported that Trump was developing an environmental campaign strategy with talking points on green success stories from Trump administration policies.
April 6, 2019: Trump spoke at the annual meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas.
April 5, 2019: As part of an effort to raise $1 billion for his re-election, Trump is fundraising in Los Angeles for his campaign and the Republican National Committee.
April 2, 2019: Trump spoke at the National Republican Congressional Committee. He said of the Democratic field and Joe Biden, “We’re going into the war with some socialists. It looks like the only non-, sort of, heavy socialist is being taken care of pretty well by the socialists.”
April 1, 2019: Trump said that Republicans were working on a new healthcare proposal but it would not be introduced until after the 2020 election.
March 28, 2019: NBC News reported that Trump had spent $3.6 million on Facebook ads featuring Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the border wall, and the Mueller investigation.
March 28, 2019: Trump campaigned in Michigan, holding a rally in Grand Rapids, where he focused on the release of the Mueller report.
March 26, 2019: Trump’s campaign announced it would hold a fundraising dinner in Los Angeles on April 5. NBC Los Angeles reported that tickets would cost $15,000 for dinner, $50,000 for a photo opportunity, and $150,000 to participate in a roundtable discussion.
March 24, 2019: Trump released a campaign video following the completion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. The ad, titled “Collusion Hoax!”, is composed of clips of Congressional Democrats talking about collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, followed by buzzing sounds and the word “Wrong” appearing on screen.
March 20, 2019: Trump held a campaign rally at the Lima Army Tank Plant in Ohio. During his speech, Trump said General Motors should reconsider its decision to lay off 1,500 workers in Lordstown, Ohio.
March 19, 2019: Trump told reporters he did not agree with Democratic proposals to change the makeup or selection of justices to the Supreme Court of the United States. “I wouldn’t entertain that. The only reason that they’re doing that is they want to try to catch up. It’ll never happen,” Trump said during a press conference with Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro.
March 12, 2019: Trump's campaign was reportedly focusing early on organizing in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Campaign officials also identified Florida as another state Trump won that the campaign would target.
March 8, 2019: White House communications director Bill Shine resigned from his post to join Trump's re-election campaign as a senior adviser.
March 3, 2019: Trump spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference Saturday, where he spent two hours discussing the 2020 presidential election, North Korea, the Mueller investigation, and socialism. Watch his speech here.
February 25, 2019: Trump is focusing his early campaign on digital outlets. “Trump's campaign has already spent more than $3.5 million in small, targeted ads on Facebook, while an allied group has spent over $6 million, making him the biggest U.S. political spender since Facebook began tracking ad spending in May 2018,” The Hill reported.
February 19, 2019: The Associated Press profiled Trump’s approach to commenting on the unfolding Democratic primary: “Presidents traditionally ignore their potential opponents as long as possible to maintain their status as an incumbent floating above the contenders who are auditioning for a job they already inhabit. Not Trump. He’s eager to shape the debate, sow discord and help position himself for the general election."
February 19, 2019: Trump added five new members to his 2020 reelection campaign, including Republican campaign veteran Tim Murtaugh as communications director, Republican National Committee spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany as national press secretary, and former Mike Pence aide Mark Lotter as director of strategic communications. Former White House staffer Cole Blocker and former NASA press secretary Megan Powers were also scheduled to join the team as the director of finance and director of administrative operations, respectively.
February 18, 2019: The Center for Public Integrity profiled Trump’s campaign strategy and fundraising, calling it the first permanent presidential campaign. Read more here.
February 11, 2019: Conservative radio host and former #NeverTrump supporter Erick Erickson endorsed Trump in an op-ed for The Resurgent.
February 11, 2019: Trump held his first campaign rally of the year in El Paso, Texas, where he advocated building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. He also criticized Democrats on abortion, socialist policies, and the Green New Deal.
February 6, 2019: Trump was scheduled to hold his first campaign rally of the year in El Paso, Texas, on Feb. 11. Campaign executive director Michael Glassner said, “As the President continues his fight to secure our border, there’s no better place to demonstrate that walls work than in El Paso.”
February 6, 2019: Trump was reportedly looking to expand his 2020 communications team, interviewing candidates for positions ranging from communications director to press secretary according to CNBC.
February 5, 2019: Washington Examiner reported on the different Republican factions interested in seeing a 2020 challenge to Trump: “First is those convinced fielding a primary challenger is the most viable game plan. Second is those inclined to back an independent candidate. A third group advocates for a unifying center-left Democrat — similar to the sort of centrist who captured suburban Republican voters in the midterm elections.” Read more here.
February 4, 2019: The Associated Press reported on Trump’s local campaign efforts to prevent a primary challenge in 2020. “One early success for Trump's campaign was in Massachusetts, where Trump backer and former state Rep. Jim Lyons last month defeated the candidate backed by Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, a Trump critic, to serve as the state party chairman,” the article noted.
January 31, 2019: According to a filing with the Federal Election Commission, Trump began the year with $19.3 million in his campaign account.
January 30, 2019: Sen. Cory Gardner, who opposed Trump in 2016, endorsed his re-election bid. “I know what Kamala Harris and I know what Bernie Sanders will do to Colorado, and that’s why I’ll be supporting the president,” he said. Another 2016 Trump critic, Sen. Rob Portman, also endorsed Trump.
January 28, 2019: Donald Trump responded to Howard Schultz’s announcement that he might run for president as an independent candidate. He tweeted, “Howard Schultz doesn’t have the ‘guts’ to run for President! Watched him on @60Minutes last night and I agree with him that he is not the ‘smartest person.’ Besides, America already has that! I only hope that Starbucks is still paying me their rent in Trump Tower!”
January 25, 2019: The Republican National Committee voted unanimously to pass a resolution giving its “undivided support for President Donald J. Trump and his effective Presidency.”