US President Donald Trump is pictured in his armored vehicle as he leaves his Mar-a-Lago resort in West Palm Beach, Florida, USA on December 31, 2020.
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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will return to the White House on Thursday to shorten their long Palm Beach vacation break and skip a New Year’s Eve blowout at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
The planning notice came days before Congress was due to finalize President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, a practically inevitable outcome that several Republicans object to delaying.
The President and First Lady are due to leave Florida for Washington at 11 a.m. ET, the White House said on Wednesday evening.
The departure was unexpected: news outlets reported that guests attending Mar-a-Lago’s annual New Year’s Eve gala had been told that Trump would be at the event. CNN reported Tuesday, citing a member of the resort, that at least 500 reservations had been confirmed to the party.
A receptionist in Mar-a-Lago declined to comment on the party. The White House declined to comment.
Since arriving in Palm Beach on Dec. 23, Trump has made comments mostly focused on the elections. He refuses to admit Biden despite repeated failures in court to reverse or invalidate the Democratic vote of the electoral college.
US President Donald Trump boardes Air Force One with First Lady Melania Trump at Palm Beach International Airport in Florida, USA, on December 31, 2020.
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These voters cast their votes on December 14; Biden won 306 votes to Trump’s 232.
On frequent trips to his golf club, Trump has visited Twitter to pressure Republican senators to “stand up for the presidency” while spreading a number of baseless and debunked conspiracy theories about widespread electoral fraud.
On Wednesday, Republican Josh Hawley of Missouri became the first Senator to respond, saying he would object when Congress counts the votes next week.
Several House Republicans have already vowed to contest the elections at this point. If a house member and a senator jointly object to a state’s electoral roll, the two houses must debate it separately and then vote on the objection.
Experts say there is no real chance of reversing the election result.
It is unclear how Trump will continue his print campaign in the days leading up to Biden’s victory being confirmed on Wednesday.
On Sunday he announced that he would travel to Georgia next Monday to campaign for Republicans Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, the day before their two runoff elections, which determine which party controls the Senate.
Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will also visit Peach State to campaign for Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock ahead of Tuesday’s election.