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Trump to return to Washington early ahead of Republican plan to disrupt certification of Biden’s win


#Trump is now slated to leave #Palm #Beach before his annual #New #Year’s #Eve party, even though guests had already gathered at his south #Florida club and were told #Trump would be in attendance, according to three people familiar with the matter. The #President typically relishes appearing on the red carpet in front of the press and his friends, but is skipping the event altogether this year in what will be an unusual move.

#Over the course of his stay in #Florida, #Trump has been single-mindedly focused on the election results and the upcoming certification process in #Congress, set for #January 6. #After losing dozens of court cases and having his appeal rejected by the #Supreme #Court, #Trump has viewed the #January 6 event as his best opportunity to overturn the election he lost.

#He has been in an irritated mood during most of the trip and fumed about everything from the election outcome to first lady #Melania #Trump’s renovations to his private quarters, according to multiple people who spoke with him.

#At one point, #Trump also said he was concerned #Iran could retaliate in the coming days for the US drone strike that killed #Iran’s top general, #Qasem #Soleimani, one year ago. A person speculated that could be a contributing factor in his early departure. #Trump was at #Mar-a-Lago when he ordered the #Soleimani strike on #January 3, 2020.

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#Before leaving for #Palm #Beach, he learned of #Vice #President #Mike #Pence’s role in the certification proceedings on #Capitol #Hill, which is mostly ceremonial. #As he was flying to #Florida for his vacation, #Trump retweeted a call from one of his supporters for #Pence to refuse to ratify the #Electoral #College count on #January 6.

#While in #Florida, #Trump has repeatedly raised the #January 6 date with members of #Congress and other associates, according to people familiar with the conversations. #He lobbied senators on whether they would go along with #House conservatives in objecting to the results.

#Sen. #Josh #Hawley, a #Missouri #Republican, became the first senator to say #Wednesday that he would object, which will delay — but not change — the results for the #Election #College count.

#Trump has also tweeted to his supporters that he’ll see them in #Washington on that date, a reference to large protests that are planned in the capital.

#In #Florida, #Trump has been surrounded by people who mostly back his futile election efforts, including his personal attorney #Rudy #Giuliani and his son #Donald #Trump #Jr. and his girlfriend #Kimberly #Guilfoyle. #Even as he publicly fights the results, one question he’s repeatedly polled people about is whether he should attend #Biden’s inauguration.

#Trump has told people recently that #Pence isn’t doing enough to fight for him as his presidency ends, and has recently taken an interest in #Pence’s traditional role during the certification. #As president of the #Senate, #Pence presides over the proceedings.

#Sources say #Trump, before his vacation, brought the matter up to the vice president and has been “confused” as to why #Pence can’t overturn the results of the election on #January 6. #Pence and #White #House aides have tried to explain to him that his role is more of a formality and he cannot unilaterally reject the #Electoral #College votes.

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#Pence had once planned to depart on foreign travel shortly after the #January 6 certification. #But plans for a trip to the #Middle #East and #Europe have now been put on hold, people familiar with the matter said.

#Pence spent the #Christmas holiday on vacation in #Vail, #Colorado.



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