Trump makes flashy entryway with limousine trip at Daytona 500

Trump makes flashy entryway with limousine trip at Daytona 500

U.S. President Donald Trump and very first lady Melania Trump exit Air Force One as they get here to the NASCAR Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S., February 16,2020 REUTERS/Erin Scott

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) – President Donald Trump made a showy entrance at the Daytona 500 on Sunday, riding in his limousine on the speedway track after flying over the cheering crowd aboard Air Force One ahead of NASCAR’S most prestigious race.

Increase his across the country re-election effort after his acquittal in the U.S. Senate impeachment trial, Trump will serve as the Grand Marshall at the annual National Association for Stock Vehicle Racing (NASCAR) occasion, which takes place in the vital political swing state of Florida.

After his motorcade made its method round part of the track, Trump took a break to take pictures with fans. He is anticipated to be driven a complete lap in his limo, referred to as “the Beast,” before the race starts and deliver the opening line: “Chauffeurs, begin your engines” at the Daytona International Speedway before a 100,000- strong crowd.

Many people in Trump’s conservative base are NASCAR fans, and Trump’s campaign is benefiting from the president’s appearance to fly an aerial banner near the speedway and run a television advertisement during the Fox broadcast of the race.

” NASCAR fans are patriots who support the president in huge numbers, so we absolutely wanted to communicate directly with them about Keeping America Great during the Fantastic American Race,” 2020 project supervisor Brad Parscale stated in a declaration.

Previous presidents who have actually participated in NASCAR occasions at the speedway include Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.

Florida is one of a handful of U.S. states that swing between Democrats and Republicans in presidential elections. Trump won the state, where he has golf courses and a home that is now considered his primary residence, in his race against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in2016

Trump prepares a fundraising swing and political rallies in western states later on today. He spent the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Modifying by Sonya Hepinstall and Daniel Wallis

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