President Donald Trump is not waiting for the economy to go south amid growing fears of a recession to wage what could be the defining fight of the 2020 election.

Trump is becoming increasingly nervous that the end of an 11-year expansion could scupper his hopes of a second term and is going on the attack as ill omens and recent stock market slumps haunt the global economy.

“Most economists actually say we are not going to have a recession,” Trump told reporters in New Jersey on Sunday. “Most of them are saying we will not have a recession but the rest of the world is not doing well like we are doing.”

A recession does not appear to be an immediate danger in the US but signs of a global slowdown are sprouting up everywhere, hinting that Trump could face a more difficult political environment in 2020 than expected. A successful reelection race in th e face of a sluggish economy would represent the biggest sales job of the former real estate mogul’s life and he would again rewrite the laws of political gravity. […]