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Donald Trump promised to cure cancer, wipe out AIDS, and put an American on Mars – all on the first day of his campaign for reelection

Tom Porter , Business Insider US
 Jun 19, 2019, 03:15 PM
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Donal Trump speaking at the launch of his 2020 campaign. (Photo by Eva Marie Uzcategui T./Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

  • US President Donald Trump officially launched his campaign for re-election in the 2020 American presidential election in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday night.
  • Trump outlined a series of extravagant pledges for his second term to cheering supporters in the 20,000-capacity stadium.
  • "We will eradicate AIDS in America once and for all and we're very close. We will lay the foundation for landing American astronauts on the surface of Mars," promised Trump.
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US President Donald Trump officially launched his bid for the 2020 presidency at rally in Orlando, Florida, Tuesday with a series of extravagant pledges to a packed stadium of cheering supporters.

He told cheering supporters: "We will push onward with new medical frontiers. We will come up with the cures to many, many problems, to many, many diseases - including cancer and others and we're getting closer all the time."

"We will eradicate AIDS in America once and for all and we're very close. We will lay the foundation for landing American astronauts on the surface of Mars."

Most of the Trump's speech in the 20,000 capacity stadium was devoted to attacking familiar enemies, including Hilary Clinton, US Democrats, and the "fake news" media.

"With every ounce of heart and might and sweat and soul, we're going to keep making America great again and then we will indeed keep America great," he continued.

"And that is why tonight, I stand before you to officially launch my campaign for a second term as President of the United States."

"I can promise you that I will never, ever, ever let you down. I won't."

While railing against the FBI's Russia investigation and the former special counsel Robert Mueller, Trump declared, "No president should ever have to go through this again … our patriotic movement has been under assault from the very first day."

He went on to falsely claim that he still accomplished "more than any other president has in the first two years of a presidency, and under circumstances that no president has had to deal with before."

He also insisted Mueller had exonerated him of any wrongdoing and that Democrats now want "a do-over." (Mueller's team specified that its report "does not exonerate" the president and indicated that it was up to Congress to investigate further.)

"They tried to take away your dignity and your destiny," Trump told the enthusiastic audience. "But we will never let them do that, will we? They tried to erase your vote, erase your legacy of the greatest campaign, probably the greatest election in the history of our country."

As he often has in the past, the president later threw the spotlight on his 2016 presidential rival, Hillary Clinton, prompting supporters to break into chants of, "Lock her up!"

Trump also attacked the news media and reporters covering the rally. And while he spent some time ripping former vice president Joe Biden - the 2020 Democratic frontrunner - Trump didn't call out any other 2020 campaign rivals and instead chose to focus on his own record.

Trump's re-election rally follows a rocky few weeks for the White House. Trump sparked backlash when he told ABC's George Stephanopoulos last week that he would consider entertaining an offer of political dirt on an opponent from a foreign power, and that he'd alert the FBI only if the information he got was "incorrect" or "bad."

The president was also on the defensive after reports surfaced that internal campaign polling data showed him losing to Biden in key states by significant margins and carrying just a two-point lead over the former vice president in deep-red Texas. Trump denied that such data existed, but his own campaign manager, Brad Parscale, confirmed its authenticity to the media.

Parscale added, though, that the numbers were from March and therefore did not accurately reflect current support for Trump.

Still, analysts say the numbers don't look good for the Trump team which, in addition to keeping its core base of supporters, needs to draw more moderate voters to win the 2020 election.

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