Trump Selects Running Mate For Re-Election
US President Donald Trump (2nd L) shakes hands with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt (C) before signing the Energy Independence Executive Order at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Headquarters in Washington, DC, March 28, 2017, with Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (R). President Donald Trump claimed an end to the “war on coal” Tuesday, as he moved to roll back climate protections enacted by predecessor Barack Obama. PHOTO: JIM WATSON / AFP

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would retain Vice President Mike Pence as his running mate when he seeks re-election in November 2020.

“I’m very happy with Mike Pence,” Trump, who is expected to easily win the Republican nomination for a second term, told reporters before boarding Air Force One in New Jersey.

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At the formal launch of his 2020 campaign, Donald Trump vowed to deliver another “earthquake at the ballot box” in 2020, speaking before 20,000 cheering supporters in Orlando, Florida.

The US president warned that “the swamp” he had vowed to drain during his 2016 campaign was “fighting back so viciously and violently” that he needed another four years in office.

Trump boasted of his presidential achievements including creating a US economy that was “the envy of the world”, declaring: “The American dream is back.”

He also painted the Democratic Party, his political opponents, as “radical socialists”, warning: “They want to destroy you, they want to destroy our country as we know it.”

The rally in a key swing state was well received among supporters in the stadium, who cheered and jeered at Trump’s punch lines – including repeatedly booing the “fake news” media.