President Trump rallies supporters in Milwaukee

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Dec. 18: Donald Trump became just the third president in American history to be impeached by the House on abuse of power and obstruction of justice charges. A trial in the Senate is expected in 2020.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP)- President Donald Trump defended his decision to kill a top Iranian general and slammed Democrats as weak on national security as Democratic presidential candidates met to debate in Iowa.

Trump offered his own counter-programming to Tuesday night’s debate, appearing in battleground Wisconsin during a speech that stretched into its second hour as Democrats took the debate stage.

Speaking in Milwaukee, Trump accused Democrats of wasting America’s time with “demented hoaxes” and “witch hunts” while “we’re creating jobs and killing terrorists.”

He defended his ordered killing of top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. “By my direction the United States military launched a flawless precision strike that killed the world’s number one terrorist. Number one terrorist. You know who that is? Qassem Soleimani. Number one terrorist in the world.”

Trump narrowly won Wisconsin in 2016 by fewer than 23,000 votes.

Even with impeachment, immigration, and Iran to worry about, the president is increasingly focused on his reelection bid.

Trump has revved up his criticisms of his field of Democratic rivals.

And the Trump team looks at both foreign and domestic policy questions through the lens of the 2020 campaign.

The president’s focus on his reelection effort, the ultimate arbiter of his legacy, in his estimation, has not wavered in the midst of his biggest crises at home and abroad.