PRESIDENT Donald Trump is returning to the White House on Thursday to continue a last-ditch effort to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s election win – reportedly skipping his planned New Year’s Eve bash.
The president’s team announced he will be leaving Florida early to oversee planned Republican disruption in Congress next week.
President Donald Trump arrives for the NYE bash on December 31, 2017. He will not be in attendance this yearCredit: AFP – Getty
Donald Trump is pictured with his then-girlfriend Melania on December 31, 2004, at Mar-a-Lago, where the couple have been staying over the holidaysCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Melania and Donald Trump pose together on December 31, 2002. The Trumps are returning to DC on ThursdayCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The announcement, from the White House press office, came just hours after a member at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort revealed to CNN this week that the president’s lavish NYE party is set to take place on Thursday night -despite rising Covid-19 rates.
The president will leave before his scheduled party, despite about 500 reservations having reportedly been confirmed and with guests already gathering at the club.
Although Trump usually loves being the center of the limelight, he would be forgoing his party – where guests last year bought tickets for $1,000 a pop.
He will be returning to Washington DC as his administration and Trump loyalists plan to disrupt Congress’s mostly ceremonial gesture in certifying Biden’s election win.
The president’s schedule Thursday shows Trump and the first lady leaving Florida – where, for the past week, Trump has been focused on the results of the election – at 11AM to return to the White House.
Trump’s vacation in Florida had been marked with a single-minded focus on the election results and Biden’s certification process in Congress set for January 6.
Despite his campaign legal team losing an umber of suits and court cases and having his appeal rejected by the Supreme Court, the president has targeted the certification process as his only hope to overturn the election results.
Trump and the first lady will be leaving Mar-a-Lago early and skipping their NYE partyCredit: Alamy Live News
The two will be skipping their New Year’s Eve bash to attend a Republican-planned effort to overturn the election resultsCredit: The Mega Agency
Before he left for the Florida resort, Trump learned of Vice President Mike Pence’s duties in the certification proceedings.
The president even retweeted a call from a supporter urging Pence to not ratify the certifation.
Senators have joined in on the call, with Missouri Senator Josh Hawley the first to say he would object the certification process.
His objection, along with a small number of Senators who also vowed to protest the certification, would only delay the results for the Election College count, but will not change its results declaring Biden as president-elect.
This isn’t the first time Trump won’t be attending the much looked-forward to bash.
First Lady Melania hosted the celebrity-filled event in 2019 as President Trump remained at the White House during the government shutdown.
Trump’s children were also in attendance beautifully decorated event.
It is unknown what types of coronavirus precautions will take place during the annual event.
The Mar-a-Lago event has welcomed up to 800 attendees in the past.
President Trump is reportedly planning to host hundreds of guests at his New Year’s Even bash on December 31, 2020Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Partygoers attend Donald Trumps NYE bash on December 31, 2016Credit: AFP – Getty
Melania and Donald Trump are pictured at their NYE bash in Palm Beach, Florida on December 31, 2008Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Meanwhile, conservative youth group Trump Point USA hosted an indoor winter gala at Mar-a-Lago on Friday with hundreds of guests, followed by 2,000-person event on Saturday night – which was also held inside.
Guests were seen without masks on and not following social-distancing guidelines, but photos show waiters and waitstaff wearing masks, Business Insider reported.
A member of Mar-a-Lago also told CNN that the resort has appeared to have “little regard for the pandemic” as “people are going for dinner as usual.”
The source also recalled Mar-a-Lago’s beach club area being so “crowded” that attendees have argued over chairs.
The Sun did not immediately receive a response after reaching out to the Trump campaign for comment.
Reports of the bash come as Dr Anthony Fauci claimed January’s coronavirus death toll could be the highest yet after millions ignored travel warnings for holiday gatherings.
President Donald Trump attends the Mar-a-Lago party on December 31, 2017Credit: AFP – Getty
A woman showed her support for Donald Trump at the Mar-a-Lago club in 2016Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Dr Fauci made the grim forecast on Tuesday, as daily Covid hospitalizations hit more than 121,000.
As of Wednesday morning, latest figures revealed 338,656 people in the United States have died from coronavirus – with more than 19.5 million positive covid cases, according to the latest Johns Hopkins University.
Meanwhile, the president has reportedly raged over Melania’s renovations at Mar-a-Lago and ordered the new décor to be ripped up.
Trump was “mad” about the changes to his private quarters when he arrived days before Christmas, sources told CNN.
Mar-a-Lago is considered the most likely location for Trump’s post-White House life, and has been a favorite of Trump during his presidency – dubbing it the “Winter White House.”
The renovations to the 3,000-square-foot space have been ongoing for several weeks as speculation has been running rife about where the Trump family will go when they are turfed out of the White House.
The apartment at Mar-a-Lago is said to feature separate bedrooms, sitting rooms and offices for both the president and the first lady.
President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania and their son Barron are pictured at Mar-a-Lago on December 31, 2017Credit: AFP – Getty
Melania is pictured with Donald Trump on December 31, 2002, along with Eric Trump and his future wife LaraCredit: Getty Images – Getty
President Trump, the Firs Lady, and their 14-year-old son Barron are currently at the Florida club for the holidays.
But the latest renovations did not appeal to Trump’s taste and he asked for the white marble and abundance of dark wood to be removed, sources told CNN.
“He was not happy with it,” the source said, adding that Trump had appeared “moody” and had been spending more time behind closed doors at the club.
“The vibe is off,” another source said.
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Melania and her interior decorator, Tham Kannalikham, had overseen the renovations.
The apartment was to be “expanded and spruced up,” sources told People.
“They are definitely renovating his apartment within the Mar-a-Lago Club to make it larger, more modern and comfortable for his use,” the source said.
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