President Trump spends Christmas at Mar-a-Lago and Joe Biden in Delaware

WASHINGTON – President Trump is spending Christmas at his private club in Florida and President-elect Joe Biden will remain in Delaware, the unofficial seat of his transition to the White House.

In a statement released by the White House on Friday, Trump thanked frontline health professionals, police and first responders.

“Your daily contributions are an example of God’s selfless love and remind us of the noble principles by which we strive to live, especially during this special time of year,” he said.

Trump arrived in Mar-a-Lago on Wednesday night after vetoing a $ 740.5 billion defense policy bill and demanding that lawmakers review a coronavirus aid package that funds the federal government. The president issued a series of pardons, including from his former campaign president, Paul Manafort, longtime adviser Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, father of his son-in-law. The forecast is that you stay in Mar-a-Lago until the New Year.

Mr. Trump has been largely silent about the relief bill since Tuesday’s criticisms of the legislation. He has not yet told allies in Congress whether to veto the legislation, creating widespread uncertainty.

Mr. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence do not have events on their public calendars on Friday.

Since winning the presidency, Biden has remained mainly in Delaware, where he met with senior advisers and made a series of cabinet announcements. He is expected to announce the rest of his senior positions, including his attorney general, after Christmas.

Biden has no public events on its schedule on Friday. He must spend Christmas in Delaware with Jill Biden, his wife and the arrival of the first lady.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris also has no events on her public schedule on Friday.

Biden will take office in Washington on January 20. Trump has yet to recognize Biden’s victory. Biden said that, after taking office, he hopes to start work on another coronavirus relief bill.

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