A month into presidency, Trump prepares for a campaign rally


WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump will hold a campaign rally Saturday, Feb. 16, in politically strategic Florida — 1,354 days before Election Day 2020.

The unusually early politicking follows a pattern: Trump filed his paperwork for re-election on Inauguration Day in January.

By comparison, President Barack Obama didn’t make his 2012 re-election bid official with the Federal Election Commission until April 2011.

Huge rallies were the hallmark of Trump’s presidential campaign. He continued to do them, although with smaller crowds, throughout the early part of his transition, during what he called a “thank you” tour.

The Florida event will be his first such one as president.

There’s been no word about why the political event is taking place or who’s paying for it.