President Donald Trump's campaign for re-election is preparing for the 2020 race already.
"We're already engaging voters and volunteers in key battleground states to defend our majorities in 2018 and to ensure we keep the White House in 2020," said the Republican National Committee's chairwoman, Ronna Romney McDaniel, Politico reports. Trump declared himself a 2020 candidate in January, filing federal papers that would put him in the running.
The president is expected to travel to Arizona on Aug. 22 for the first of a number of rallies to build momentum for his re-election campaign, according to Newsmax.
The RNC has also sent out a news release attacking several potential Democratic presidential candidates, including Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, and Cory Booker.
Others speculated to enter the fray are Starbucks' former CEO Howard Schultz, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, who has gone on a tour of the U.S. to see how "people are living, working, and thinking about the future."
"The 2020 Democrat field is trying to stand out by obscuring the president's agenda," read the release.
The preparations come at a turbulent time for the Trump administration, as Trump has come under fire for condemning "both sides" at a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier in August. The administration has also faced pressure from a special counsel investigating the Trump campaign's involvement with Russia during the 2016 election, and the departure of Trump's chief strategist, Steve Bannon.
"While we maintain a small and lean operation, our mission is to support President Trump’s agenda by maintaining contact with our millions of supporters around the country, leveraging social media to overcome the filter of the biased mainstream media, and by hosting rallies around the country to help the president to stay connected to the people he proudly serves,” said Michael Glassner, who helps lead Trump's re-election team, Vanity Fair reports.
"We are wasting no time to prepare for the future," Glassner added.
Trump's first re-election fundraiser took place in June at the Trump hotel in Washington, D.C., contributing to the almost $87 million the RNC has already raised in 2017 for the upcoming election. The Democratic National Committee is reported to have raised less than half that amount.
Pollster John McLaughlin has also advised the White House ahead of the election, sharing the results of a survey of the political environment in the country.
"Keep pointing out unfair biased media whenever possible," McLaughlin advised.
From the results, McLaughlin suggested that Trump's conservative base still supported him, but that the president needed to reiterate his campaign's message of stark change from former President Barack Obama's administration. He is also reported to have placed a spotlight on voters who were focused on economic issues.