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Trump and Cruz squabble over the president’s reelection fund

The White House, in rare trade, has eagerly joined the Democrats’ push to impeach the president.

Still, that position doesn’t remove Donald Trump from the spotlight, where he finds himself squaring off against his likely 2020 Republican primary rival, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, over one of his signature issues, the president’s 2020 re-election fund.

In recent months, the president and his campaign advisers have pursued a simple game plan: repeatedly mock the efforts of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to collect signatures for a resolution that would elevate Trump’s impeachment into a key fight in next year’s midterm elections.

“Great Move” The DCCC collected their signatures to Impeach the President book, for 7 years he has wanted to Impeach Him! @DailyKos #ImpeachThePresident NOW! https://t.co/NjghT4ezAa pic.twitter.com/Wy4eM47aYW — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2018

“Great Move” The DCCC collected their signatures to Impeach the President book, for 7 years he has wanted to Impeach Him! @DailyKos #ImpeachThePresident NOW! https://t.co/NjghT4ezAa pic.twitter.com/Wy4eM47aYW — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2018

After an August tweet seeking to rally his base, Trump recently went after the official committee’s efforts to collect signatures for a resolution that would call for Trump’s impeachment.

“If the DCCC is concerned about bringing more bipartisanship and unity to Congress, I know exactly how they’d like to achieve that,” he tweeted. “By doing what they are already doing, which is bringing extremists to Congress! As long as I am President they will fight to the end.”

WATCH: Trump taunts DCCC over Impeachment Petition

Just announced by @DCCC and DNC, there is now a #ImpeachThePresident petition that has gathered 50K signatures. #Demsincare https://t.co/9rOotLn6le — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2018

But while Trump himself has been roiling the waters and trying to force a fight, Trump’s 2020 campaign has struggled to seize control of the issue and, instead, has been attacked by Democrats for responding as if Trump’s impeachment was already a foregone conclusion.

“The DCCC has a lot of explaining to do,” said Justin Barasky, a former national communications director for the Democratic National Committee and one of the Trump critics in charge of fundraising for the DCCC. “To set the stage for an impeachment in this midterm cycle is a recipe for the DCCC to see a massive loss of House seats in November.”