President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will spend Thanksgiving at the White House this year.
The first couple generally spends Thanksgiving and Christmas at Mar-a-Lago, nicknamed the ‘winter White House’ through the president’s nearly four years in office.
Trump has been basically out of sight in the 10 days since the major networks called the presidential election for his rival, President-elect Joe Biden – as he bunkers down for an extended legal fight to overturn the results.
First lady Melania Trump (left) and President Donald Trump (right) will remain at the White House in Washington, D.C. over the Thanksgiving holiday, the first lady’s spokeswoman announced in a Tuesday night tweet
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will spend Thanksgiving at the White House, the first lady’s spokeswoman tweeted. The president has largely stayed out of sight since the election was called for his rival, President-elect Joe Biden
The first lady’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham tweeted that the president and first lady will stay at the White House in Washington, D.C. for Thanksgiving this year. They usually spend the holiday at Mar-a-Lago
The president (left) and first lady (right) are photographed in 2018 marking Thanksgiving at Mar-a-Lago, their Palm Beach, Florida resort that earned the nickname the ‘winter White House’ during Trump’s nearly four years in office
Barron Trump (left), President Donald Trump (center) and first lady Melania Trump (right) walk across the White House’s South Lawn en route to Mar-a-Lago in 2019 to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday
FLASHBACK: Melania Knauss (left), then the girlfriend of businessman Donald Trump (right) attends Thanksgiving at Mar-a-Lago in 2003
The first lady’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham tweeted the news Tuesday night.
‘Holiday Scheduling Update: The @POTUS & @FLOTUS will be celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday at the White House this year,’ she wrote, including a turkey and an American flag emoji.
Answering questions Monday in Wilmington, Delaware, Biden said he was going to scale-back his own plans as coronavirus cases have spiked around the country.
COVID-19, however, has not prevented Trump from traveling in the past.
He held rally after rally in the run-up to the November 3 general election, addressing primarily mask-less crowds packed together in key swing states.
Since the election was called, however, he’s only popped his head up twice – to speak publicly in the White House Rose Garden about a promising coronavirus vaccine on Friday.
Both Trump and the first lady also marked Veterans Day on Wednesday.
Over the weekend, he traveled both Saturday and Sunday by motorcade to his Virginia golf resort.
Otherwise, the president has communicated to the public via Twitter, while Rudy Giuliani and other members of his legal team try to stop the election results from being certified.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled against team Trump Tuesday, saying Philadelphia officials did not violate state law by putting 15-feet between ballot-counting observers and workers.
At the same time, Giuliani tried arguing in federal court in Pennsylvania that Trump was the victim of a nationwide conspiracy.
Four other Trump-aligned cases in key states were pulled from dockets Monday.
Still, the Trump campaign charged ahead, filing an election contest Tuesday in Nevada.
Meanwhile, several Republican senators were spotted fist-bumping and congratulating Harris on the Senate floor Tuesday.
President Donald Trump has only appeared publicly twice since losing the election to President-elect Joe Biden. On Friday, he held an event touting Operation Warp Speed, which centered around getting a coronavirus vaccine
President Donald Trump (right) and first lady Melania Trump (left) also marked Veterans Day on Wednesday, voyaging to Arlington National Cemetery
Vice President Mike Pence has been left to do the day-to-day elements of the job.
Pence and his wife Karen attended the Resilience space launch in Florida Sunday.
And on Monday, Pence went to Dover, Delaware Monday, to accept American war dead.
Pence also led a coronavirus taskforce call with governors Monday.
One of Trump’s top COVID-19 advisers, Dr. Scott Atlas, who isn’t an infectious disease expert, actually suggested that Americans invite their elderly relatives to Thanksgiving dinner, in case it’s their last.
‘For many people this is their final Thanksgiving, believe it or not. We have to have a policy… which is a whole person policy. It’s not just about stopping cases of COVID,’ Atlas said on Fox News.
That advice ran counter to that given by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, who said Americans may have to cancel holiday affairs.
‘People should be very careful about social gatherings, particularly when members of the family might be at a risk because of their age,’ Fauci said in October.
‘You may have to bite the bullet and sacrifice that social gathering unless you’re pretty certain that the people that you’re dealing with are not infected,’ he said.