President Donald Trump will remain in Washington, DC, even though the Senate has adjourned until after Christmas.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed that the president would remain at the White House, while First Lady Melania Trump would return from their Mar-a-Lago resort to spend Christmas together with the family.

“Due to the shutdown, President Trump will remain in Washington, D.C. and the first lady will return from Florida so they can spend Christmas together,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

The first lady and their son Barron Trump left earlier in the week for the Christmas holiday in Florida.

The president tweeted later Saturday: “I will not be going to Florida because of the Shutdown – Staying in the White House! #MAGA.”

Trump had planned to spend 16 days at his Mar-a-Lago club with his family for the holidays, but he said on Friday he would remain in the nation’s capital if Congress could not reach an agreement to avert a partial government shutdown.

Parts of the government shut down after Senate Democrats refused to pass funding legislation passed by the House that included $5 billion in funding for border security.

The Senate adjourned until Thursday, as Senators flew home for Christmas.

Trump noted that he won an election campaigning for a strong physical barrier on the Southern border.

“The crisis of illegal activity at our Southern Border is real and will not stop until we build a great Steel Barrier or Wall,” he wrote on Twitter. “Let work begin!”

First lady Melania Trump traveled down on Friday with her 12-year-old son, Barron, to spend the holidays.

“It has long been the family’s tradition to spend their Christmas holiday at Mar-a-Lago. Her plans to travel with her son to their Florida home for his winter break have not changed this year,” Melania Trump spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told CNN on Friday.

By TheBL

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