President Donald Trump will ring in 2019 at the White House with an interview on Fox News instead of his usual tradition of celebrating at Mar-a-Lago with his family.
Trump is believed to be alone at the White House – a situation he complained about via Twitter on Christmas – with his wife and children in Florida.
The network announced Monday morning that Pete Hegseth spoke with the president about the government shutdown, his New Year’s resolutions and what he hopes to accomplish in the coming year.
That interview will air during the All-American New Year special Monday night, which begins at 10 p.m. ET.
President Donald Trump will ring in 2019 at the White House with an interview on Fox News instead of Mar-a-Lago, where he spent last year with Melania and Barron
Trump gave an interview with Fox News on New Year’s Eve 2015 when he was a presidential candidate
Trump celebrated the new year in a similar manner three years ago when he spoke with Fox News from his Mar-a-Lago estate surrounded by his family.
Things were a bit different then: Trump had announced his candidacy for the White House and was preparing for the primary season.
‘We’re going to have a great time next year. It’s going to be an amazing year and we’re going to make America great again,’ he said as 2015 prepared to roll into 2016.
Trump was surrounded by his wife Melania, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, Eric and Lara Trump, and Donald Jr. and Vanessa during his interview.
The Fox special was co-hosted by Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is now dating Donald Trump Jr., who is in the process of divorcing Vanessa.
Trump chatted about his plans for presidential campaign and his resolution for 2016: ‘My resolution is to make America great again and that’s what we’re going to do.’
He also had a warning for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton: ‘I think I’ll be her worst nightmare but we’re going to find out.’
And he told other candidates for the Republican presidential nomination: ‘I have a very big lead and we intend to keep it.’
The 2015 New Year’s Eve special had its awkward moments: Trump had a hard time hearing the hosts through his ear piece (they were in New York and he was in Florida) and he missed the actual ringing in of the New Year so he held his own countdown about 10 seconds after the clock turned over to midnight.
He gave Melania a big kiss after he declared it 2016.
This year Trump will be in White House instead of Mar-a-Lago, where he has rang in the new year for more than a decade.
‘He’s canceled his plans for Christmas – now he’s canceled his plans for New Year’s,’ Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told ‘Fox and Friends’ on Friday.
The president was originally supposed to spend 16 days over the holidays at his Florida estate. But he changed his plans when the government shut down on Dec. 21.
Trump with Melania at Mar-a-Lago in December 2016 after he won the election
Trump spent December 31, 2017 at Mar-a-Lago
Negotiations to reopen it are at a standstill and no progress is expected until Democrats take control of the House of Representatives on Jan. 3.
First lady Melania Trump and the couple’s 12-year-old son Barron are in Florida.
The first lady returned to the White House for Christmas Eve and to join the president on his visit to U.S. troops in Iraq. But she flew back to Florida on Thursday.
Before she arrived at the White House, Trump took to Twitter to complain: ‘I am all alone (poor me) in the White House.’
He could be in a similar situation for this holiday.
Trump’s children Donald Jr. and Eric and Lara Trump are believed to be in Mar-a-Lago. New Year’s Eve is Donald Jr’s birthday.
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump also are believed to be in Mar-a-Lago. They were spotted there over Christmas.
Kushner was seen in Washington D.C. over the weekend when he joined the president and Mulvaney at Vice President Mike Pence’s home Saturday night for dinner.
But Ivanka Trump’s assistant emerged from the couple’s Washington D.C. home on Monday to say the couple would return Tuesday night, indicating they are in Florida.
The White House did not respond to DailyMail.com’s inquiries for details on how the president will spend his new year’s eve and with who.
Melania Knauss, Donald Trump, Trump’s son, Eric, and the latter’s girlfriend (and future wife) Lara Yunaska on December 31, 2002
Trump took to Twitter last year to wish people a happy new year
Last year, the president hosted his family, celebrities and members of his Cabinet at Mar-a-Lago. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was there with his wife Louise Linton as were Fox Business host Lou Dobbs and former New York Mets first baseman Keith Hernandez.
Traditionally, Mar-a-Lago puts out a red carpet for its black-tie New Year’s gala.
‘We’re going to have a fantastic 2018,’ Trump told reporters as he strolled down the red carpet at the end of 2017.
The president and his son, Barron, both wore tuxedos to the event and Melania Trump wore full length rose colored glittery gown.
This year, tickets for the event cost $1,000 for club guests and $650 for club members, up from $750 and $600, respectively, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Hundreds of guests usually attend the gala, which begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. That’s followed by a four-course dinner that ends with a signature dessert – the meringue-topped baked Alaska.
Ivanka Trump, her husband Jared Kushner and their children Arabella and Joseph at Mar-a-Lago on New Year’s Eve last year
Eric Trump and Lara Trump at Mar-a-Lago last year
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and his wife Louise Linton walked the red carpet at Mar-a-Lago’s New Year’s Eve gala
However the president spends his new year’s this year and with whom, he will likely be active on Twitter.
Last year he posted a video that cited his success in confirming a justice on the Supreme Court (Neil Gorsuch) and the Republicans’ tax cut, which he falsely described as the ‘largest tax cut in the history of our country.’
‘What a year it’s been, and we’re just getting started. Together, we are MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! Happy New Year!!’ he tweeted.
He also wrote: ‘As our Country rapidly grows stronger and smarter, I want to wish all of my friends, supporters, enemies, haters, and even the very dishonest Fake News Media, a Happy and Healthy New Year. 2018 will be a great year for America!’