Friday, 27 Nov 2020

Trump cancels annual Thanksgiving trip to Mar-a-Lago to ramp up election fight

President Donald Trump and the first lady will spend Thanksgiving at the White House this year instead of at their Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

Mr Trump and his family traditionally enjoy an annual dinner at the resort in Palm Beach, which is held alongside dues-paying members who buy tickets to the event in the ballroom.

But the couple will skip this year’s festivities at the so-called ‘winter White House’, confirmed the first lady’s spokesperson on Twitter, as Trump’s legal team continue to fight his election loss.

The announcement comes as the outgoing president continues to refuse to concede the election result – more than 10 days after rival Joe Biden was declared the winner.

Their decision to remain in the White House, where Mr Trump has been bunkering down since the election was called, will likely add to speculation that he intends to stay put in Office even after Mr Biden becomes president.

Mr Biden’s camp has suggested it would not hesitate to call law enforcement to forcibly remove Mr Trump if he refuses to leave after the president-elect is sworn in on January 20.


Since the election was called, the president has only appeared in public twice – to attend a Veterans Day trip to Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday and to speak in the White House Rose Garden regarding news of a potential vaccine on Friday.

Meanwhile, his legal team continue try and stop the election result from being certified following weeks of baseless claims that the vote was rigged – but their efforts were dealt another major blow.

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled against team Trump’s efforts, declaring that Philadelphia officials did not violate state law by putting 15-feet between ballot-counters and those observing the process.

Trump’s camp had argued that observers had been kept too far from the counting to make a proper observation, but the court ruled that Pennsylvania law allows election officials in the state wide discretion to decide observer rules.


The ruling came as former federal prosecutor and Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani represented a client inside the court room for the first time in nearly three decades.

He made a fumbling case that Mr Trump had been robbed of re-election and threw around unsupported accusations about a nationwide conspiracy by Democrats to steal the election.

During his rusty return to court, he checked his Twitter account, forgot which judge he was speaking with and the name of the opposing lawyer, calling him ‘the man who was very angry with me’.

According to White House aides, Mr Trump has privately acknowledged his loss but wants to save face for his supporters who continue to hold ‘stop the steal’ protests.

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