U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump stroll on the South Lawn of the White House earlier than boarding Marine One in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020.
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President Donald Trump and first girl Melania Trump will return to the White House on Thursday, chopping brief their prolonged vacation break in Palm Beach and skipping a New Year’s Eve blowout at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
The scheduling discover got here days earlier than Congress was set to finalize President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, a nearly inevitable consequence however one which a number of Republicans are nonetheless planning to delay by launching objections.
The president and the primary girl are set to depart Florida for Washington at 11 a.m. ET, the White House mentioned Wednesday night time.
The departure was sudden: News outlets reported that visitors attending Mar-a-Lago’s annual New Year’s Eve gala had been advised Trump would seem on the occasion. CNN, citing a member of the resort, reported Tuesday that at the least 500 reservations to the occasion had been confirmed.
A receptionist at Mar-a-Lago declined to touch upon the occasion. The White House declined to remark.
Since arriving in Palm Beach on Dec. 23, Trump has made feedback largely centered on the election, which he refuses to concede to Biden regardless of repeatedly failing in courtroom to have Electoral College votes for the Democrat flipped or invalidated.
Those electors solid their ballots on Dec. 14; Biden received 306 votes to Trump’s 232.
Amid frequent journeys to his golf membership, Trump has taken to Twitter to strain Republican senators to “step up and battle for the Presidency,” whereas spreading an array of unfounded and debunked conspiracy theories about widespread voter fraud.
On Wednesday, Missouri Republican Josh Hawley turned the primary senator to heed that decision, saying he will object when Congress counts the votes subsequent week.
Several House Republicans have already vowed to contest the election at the moment. If one House member and one senator collectively object to a state’s slate of electors, the 2 chambers should individually debate after which vote on the objection.
Experts say there’s no real chance of overturning the end result of the election.
It’s unclear how Trump plans to proceed his strain marketing campaign within the days main up to Wednesday’s certification of Biden’s win.
On Sunday, he introduced he would journey to Georgia subsequent Monday to marketing campaign for Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, a day earlier than their twin runoff races that will decide which occasion controls the Senate.
Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will additionally go to the Peach State to marketing campaign for Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock forward of Tuesday’s elections.