Trump says he 'was very lonely' in the White House over the holidays

President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE said Wednesday that he “was very lonely” at the White House during the holidays after he canceled his scheduled trip with his family to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida amid the partial government shutdown.

"I was in the White House all by myself for six or seven days," Trump said during a meeting with his Cabinet members, according to Politico.

"It was very lonely. My family was down in Florida. I said stay there and enjoy yourself. I felt I should be here just in case people wanted to come and negotiate the border security,” he continued.


The White House announced Trump would not be taking his previously scheduled 16-day trip over the Christmas holiday hours after the government partially shut down at midnight on Dec. 21. 

The president tweeted the news himself later that day, writing, “I will not be going to Florida because of the Shutdown — Staying in the White House! #MAGA.”

Trump said he would remain in Washington prior to the shutdown if Congress could not reach an agreement over funding to avert a partial government shutdown.

The impasse, now in its 12th day, was spurred largely by Trump's demand for $5 billion for his proposed U.S.–Mexico border wall. Democrats have indicated they will not give in to the president's demands, instead offering $1.3 billion for border security.

The new Democratic majority will vote on a funding bill Thursday after taking control of the House. Trump has not indicated whether he would sign a government spending measure without the funding for border security that he has demanded. 

During his Cabinet meeting Wednesday, Trump reiterated that “the United States needs a physical barrier” and that “we are in a shutdown because Democrats refuse to fund border security."