DONALD Trump has canceled his annual Thanksgiving trip to Mar-a-Lago and will be staying in chilly Washington, DC, amid his desperate bid to overturn the presidential election.
Stephanie Grisham, First Lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff, tweeted of their “holiday scheduling update” on Tuesday.
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“The @POTUS & @flotus will be celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday at the @WhiteHouse this year,” Grisham wrote.
Spending the holiday at the White House will be something new for the president and the first lady.
Trump and Melania normally attend the annual Thanksgiving dinner at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida – as they have for the past three years.
In the past, Trump and Melania have had Thanksgiving dinner in the club’s ballroom.
The change in plans comes as more than 73,000 Americans are hospitalized with coronavirus and a top doctor warned Thanksgiving will lead to an “unprecedented surge” in cases.
It also comes as Trump has yet to formally approve President-elect Joe Biden’s transition.
The president is refusing to admit defeat, claiming widespread voter fraud despite providing no evidence of his claims and accusations that doing so is undermining confidence in democracy.
And his team have not formally begun preparations for the transition.
Earlier on Tuesday, Biden warned that “more people will die” from Covid-19 because of the lack of communication with the current administration.
Biden said: “It would make it a lot easier if the president would participate.”
And last week, 150 former national security officials warned last week that delaying the transition to Biden poses a “serious risk” to the country.
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Meanwhile, the head of Arizona’s GOP claimed the election is “far from over” as Trump touted a Nevada “victory” after a Democratic county commissioner race was tossed out.
Biden won 290 electoral votes in the 2020 presidential election by clinching key battleground states.
His win prompted Trump to launch a handful of lawsuits, the majority of which were dismissed by judges.