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President Trump tells the FEC he qualifies as a candidate for 2020
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: President Trump and Vice President Pence salute during the inaugural parade at Lafayette Square by The White House in Washington, DC on January 20, 2017. President Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. (Photo by John McDonnell /The Washington Post)
President Trump and Vice President Pence salute during the inaugural parade at Lafayette Square near the White House. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

On the same day that Donald Trump assumed his new office, he also qualified as an official candidate in the 2020 White House race, according to a letter he submitted to the Federal Election Commission on Friday.

Because Trump’s campaign committee has been steadily raising money online since the election, he easily reached the $5,000 threshold that requires filing an official statement of candidacy.

The new president emphasized that the paperwork “does not constitute a formal announcement of my candidacy for the 2020 election.”

Live coverage of Trump’s inauguration
In this Jan. 15, 2016, photo, the U.S. Capitol frames the backdrop over the stage during a rehearsal of President-elect Donald Trump's swearing-in ceremony in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
The U.S. Capitol frames the backdrop over the stage during a rehearsal of President-elect Donald Trump’s swearing-in ceremony this week in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Donald Trump will be sworn in Friday during an inauguration that’s expected to draw between 700,000 and 900,000 people. Security officials said there are 63 demonstration groups, pro and con, also expected Friday. Follow our liveblog for updates through this afternoon’s inaugural parade.

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