President Trump will not spend New Year’s Eve with his wife Melania at Mar-a-Lago this year, the White House has confirmed.

The president has cancelled his New Year’s plans and will stay in Washington because of the government shutdown. Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said on “Fox & Friends” on Friday, “He’s canceled his plans for Christmas. Now he’s canceled his plans for New Year’s.”

“The president is very heavily engaged in this,” Mulvaney said.

It was originally planned for the Trump family to spend 16 days at Mar-a-Lago.

However, the president opted to spend Christmas at the White House as the government partially shut down at midnight last Saturday.

On Christmas eve, Trump tweeted, “I am all alone (poor me) in the White House, waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal on desperately needed Border Security.”

Later, Melania Trump had a last minute change of plans and flew to the White House to spend Christmas with her husband. They had 3 busy days from answering the calls from children phoning into NORAD’s Santa tracker to visiting US Troops in Iraq and Germany.

On Wednesday, Melania Trump flew back to Mar-a-Lago alone to be with her son, Barron. 

Today, President tweeted, “I am in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come on over and make a deal on Border Security. From what I hear, they are spending so much time on Presidential Harassment that they have little time left for things like stopping crime and our military!”

The government shutdown began last Saturday after Republicans and Democrats were unable to agree on a funding package that would keep the government open and fund Trump’s promised border wall. Trump has demanded $5 billion for the barrier, but Democrats have refused, instead offering $1.3 billion for general border security.

On Friday, Dec. 28, President Trump warned he would move to close the U.S. border with Mexico and end all aid to three Central American countries if Democrats don’t agree to fund the construction of a border wall.

Negotiations to reopen the government will take on a different tenor on Jan. 3, after a new Democratic majority has entered the House.

By TheBL

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