Trump, Melania will return to the White House, skip Mar-a-Lago’s New Year’s Day

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk on the South Lawn of the White House before boarding Marine One in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, December 23, 2020.

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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will return to the White House on Thursday, cutting short their long holiday vacation in Palm Beach and skipping a standout on New Year’s Eve in his Mar-a-Lago resort.

The scheduling notice came days before Congress would finalize President Joe Biden’s victory, a virtually inevitable outcome, but which several Republicans still intend to delay by filing objections.

The president and first lady will leave Florida for Florida at 11 a.m. ET, the White House said Wednesday night.

The departure was unexpected: news outlets reported that guests attending Mar-a-Lago’s annual New Year’s Eve attendance said Trump would appear at the event. CNN, referring to a member of the resort, reported Tuesday that at least 500 discussions have been confirmed to the party.

A receptionist at Mar-a-Lago declined to comment on the party. The White House declined to comment.

Since Trump arrived in Palm Beach on Dec. 23, Trump has been commenting on the election, which he refuses to concede to Biden, although he has repeatedly failed in court to turn the election college’s votes for the Democrat or invalidate them. make.

Voters cast their ballots on December 14; Biden won 306 votes against Trump’s 232.

Amid frequent trips to his golf club, Trump took to Twitter to pressure Republican senators to “act and fight for the presidency,” spreading a variety of unfounded and outrageous conspiracy theories about widespread voter fraud.

Josh Hawley, of the Republic of Missouri, on Wednesday became the first senator to respond to that call, saying he would object when Congress counts the votes next week.

Several House Republics had already promised to contest the election by then. If one member of the House and one senator jointly object to the voters of a state, the two chambers must debate and vote on it separately.

Experts believe that there is no real chance of overthrowing the result of the election.

It’s unclear how Trump plans to continue his pressure campaign in the days leading up to Biden’s Wednesday’s certification.

On Sunday, he announced that he would travel to Georgia next Monday to run for Republican Kelly Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, a day before their twin races that will determine which party controls the Senate.

Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will also visit Peach State to run for Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock ahead of Tuesday’s election.