Wednesday 18 July 2018

'Keep America Great': Trump declares his new rallying cry

US President Donald Trump in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, on Saturday at a rally on behalf of Republican candidate Rick Saccone. Photo: Getty Images
US President Donald Trump in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, on Saturday at a rally on behalf of Republican candidate Rick Saccone. Photo: Getty Images

Nick Allen and Rob Crilly in Pennsylvania and New York

Donald Trump has offered a preview of his 2020 election campaign with a rambling speech to supporters during which he announced his slogan will be "Keep America Great!"

At a rally in the industrial heartland of Pennsylvania at the weekend, the US president touched on familiar themes: railing against European Union tariffs and the news media, promising the "greatest deal" with North Korea, and praising foreign leaders who impose the death penalty for drug dealing.

It marked a busy weekend ahead of a key election in the state.

Yesterday, White House officials confirmed details of Mr Trump's plans to toughen school security and ban teenagers from buying guns in the wake of last month's shooting in Florida.

Mr Trump said he had settled on a slogan that borrowed from his 2016 effort.

"We can't say 'Make America Great Again' because I already did that," he said.

"I'm almost positive, you can never be 100pc sure, but our new slogan when we start running is going to be 'Keep America Great... exclamation mark'."

Speaking to thousands of supporters in an airport hangar, the president said he would love to run against Oprah Winfrey in 2020 because he "knows her weakness".

Mr Trump was campaigning for Rick Saccone, the Republican candidate for a congressional by-election in an area known as "steel country". Mr Saccone is losing in a district that voted for Mr Trump by 20 percentage points in 2016.

A Republican loss could signal a bloodbath in the November midterm elections.

Lambasted

Describing his decision to meet Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, Mr Trump lambasted previous presidents, saying no one else could have done it.

"I may leave fast, or we make the greatest deal for the world," he said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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