Trump delights in the crowds cheers as he leaves a rally in West Virigina on August 3rd.
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As he concludes his seventh month in office, Donald Trump is battling historically low approval ratings, bleeding support among Republicans, has yet to sign a single piece of major legislation into law, and is beginning to confront speculation that he could face a serious primary challenge in 2020 if he doesn’t turn things around. The prospect of an intra-party revolt would terrify most politicians, but Trump has always been more comfortable in campaign mode than governing. He filed his paperwork to run for re-election on Inauguration Day, and has already held several campaign-style “victory lap” rallies in red states he won. And with money pouring into his campaign coffers, Trump has begun buttressing his re-election apparatus in anticipation of what is shaping up to be an even longer, more drawn-out electoral battle than in 2016.
Trump’s increasingly combative exchanges with the press, including over his Charlottesville comments, may be a preview of what is to come. On Tuesday, Trump will hold a campaign-style rally in Arizona as part of the president’s broader, aggressive re-election campaign. According to Politico, Trump’s re-election campaign team lead by his son Eric Trump and long-time ally Michael Glassner has begun tracking likely Democratic challengers such as Senators Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, and Amy Klobuchar and political outsiders like Howard Schultz, the C.E.O. of Starbucks and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. It is also keeping an eye on potential G.O.P….
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