Trump To Return To Washington Earlier Than Expected Before Republicans Disrupt Certification Of Biden’s Win
President Donald Trump is likely to return to Washington before he was expected to come back. The president's early return can be attributed to his desire to be present when Republicans challenge Joe Biden's victory in Pennsylvania, and possibly some other states on Jan. 6, when Congress meets to certify the President-elect's win in the election.
As a result, Trump will be leaving Palm Beach ahead of his annual New Year's Eve party, despite guests gathered at his south Florida club being previously told that the president will be in attendance. Skipping the event is quite an unusual move for Trump, who enjoys making grand appearances on the red carpet in front of his friends and the press.
While in Florida, Trump stayed focused on the election results and the Jan. 6 certification process in Congress. After losing multiple court cases, and with the Supreme Court rejecting his appeal, the president has viewed the upcoming certification process as his best opportunity to change the outcome of the election he lost to Biden, Yahoo reported.
Among a slew of other claims, Trump raised concern regarding Iran's plan to retaliate for the American drone strike that killed the country's top general, Qasem Soleimani. A person suggested that could have led to Trump's early departure. The president was in Mar-a-Lago at the time of ordering the Soleimani strike on Jan. 3, 2020.
Following the death of Soleimani, who led Iran's Middle East operations, Iran vowed to take severe revenge over his death, BBC reported at the time. Before leaving Palm Beach, Trump learned about Vice President Mike Pence's ceremonial role in the certification proceedings on Capitol Hill.
While he was flying to Florida, the president retweeted a suggestion from one of his supporters for Pence to refuse to confirm the Electoral College count next month. People familiar with the matter say Trump repeatedly raised the upcoming event with Congress members and other associates, persuading senators to support House conservatives objecting to the results, CNN reported.
A Missouri Republican, Senator Josh Hawley, is the first senator to say that he would object, which will have no impact on the election outcome but will delay the results for the Election College count. Trump hinted at a large protest planned in the capital by tweeting to his followers that he will be in Washington on Jan. 6.
Trump has been surrounded by people in Florida who back his baseless election efforts, including his son Donald Trump Jr., and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle, and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. Despite publicly objecting to the election results, Trump has repeatedly asked people whether or not he should attend Joe Biden's inauguration.