How Long Will Trump Be in the White House? President Preparing for 8 Full Years

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President Donald Trump delivers remarks at an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea, aboard the USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York, May 4. Trump is already moving to try to win a second term in the White House. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Even while some critics call for President Donald Trump's impeachment and others debate whether he will just get bored and resign, the commander-in-chief and his supporters are brushing the haters aside and preparing to secure another four years in the White House. 

Super PACs backing the president have already spent $1 million on getting Trump re-elected in 2020, according to an analysis of federal campaign spending records published Friday by the Center for Public Integrity. Such a robust use of a campaign warchest this early on in an election cycle is unprecedented—but, of course, Trump has always prided himself in being an atypical politician. On the day he was sworn in as president in January, he filed his re-election paperwork to kick off his 2020 bid, and he followed that by raising more than $7 million in campaign cash during his first 100 days in the White House. Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee collected more than $29.3 million in January and February, money that could one day go toward keeping Trump in office for a full two terms.

Trump's campaign cash largely went toward—what else?—his own interests. The campaign paid more than $70,000 to the campaign committee's manager, Michael Glassner (who also served as Trump's deputy campaign manager) and spent nearly $270,000 for renting office space at Trump Tower in New York City.

The Great America PAC and the Committee to Defend the President also spent campaign cash outside the Trump empire, on pro-Trump communications including TV, robocalls and direct mail. 

“Our supporters demand we defend the president from day one, and that's what we are doing,” Ted Harvey, chairman of Committee to Defend the President, told the Center for Public Integrity.

The show of support comes as many media outlets, pundits and voters have taken to debating just how long Trump will make it in the White House, with allegations swirling regarding his potential ties to Russia and alleged conflicts of interests involving his many business holdings. Vanity Fair published a report during the first week of the Trump administration titled: "WILL DONALD TRUMP MAKE IT A YEAR IN THE WHITE HOUSE?" Politico put it this way: "Trump impeached? You can bet on it." The Huffington Post provided a bold conclusion: "Why Trump Won’t Serve His Full First Term."

The radio host Howard Stern, a close Trump friend, recently said on his SiriusXM show that "nobody wanted Hillary [Clinton] to win more than Donald Trump." He was speaking after sizing up comments Trump made during an interview with Reuters this week. The president had said: "I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier."