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Trumps to spend Thanksgiving at White House instead of traveling to Florida

Trumps to spend Thanksgiving at White House instead of traveling to Florida
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Capital One - Biden unveils batch of his White House team Melania Trump unveils White House Christmas decorations USAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 MORE will not travel to Florida to spend Thanksgiving at Mar-a-Lago this year, marking a break with tradition for the first family as the president refuses to accept defeat in the 2020 election.

Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamMelania Trump unveils White House Christmas decorations Trumps to spend Thanksgiving at White House instead of traveling to Florida Melania Trump cancels campaign appearance over 'lingering cough' MORE, the chief of staff for the first lady, tweeted that Melania Trump and the president will celebrate Thanksgiving at the White House. 

While the White House had not formally announced travel plans, the first family was expected to spend the holiday at the president's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach. The Trumps had spent each of the past three Thanksgiving holidays there.

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But Trump has receded from public view in the two weeks since Election Day and after Joe BidenJoe BidenGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Senate approves two energy regulators, completing panel Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race MORE was projected as president-elect. Trump has made only a few public appearances in the time since, communicating largely through Twitter to spread false claims about the integrity of the vote.

Trump held a press conference two days after Election Day to make baseless claims of widespread fraud, and he delivered remarks last Friday about progress on vaccine development for the coronavirus pandemic. But he has otherwise made himself scarce, leaving the White House only for a brief stop at Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day and for trips to his Virginia golf club on the weekends.

The switch also comes as coronavirus cases are exploding around the country, with the U.S. reporting increases in infections and hospitalizations on a near daily basis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have urged Americans to avoid holding holiday gatherings with individuals outside their household if possible.