Trump and Melania abruptly decided to ditch the Mar-a-Lago New Year party that many of his supporters bought tickets for

  • President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are leaving his Mar-a-Lago club before its lavish New Year's Eve party.
  • The couple made their decision known at short notice, announcing that they would instead see in the New Year from Washington, DC.
  • CNN reported that some people have already arrived for the event, typically attended by hundreds. Tickets for past events have cost as much as $1,000.
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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump decided at short notice to abandon his Mar-a-Lago club before its lavish New Year's Eve party.

The couple recently changed their plans to spend the night of December 31 at the White House, and were scheduled to leave Florida at 11 a.m. that day.

CNN's Kaitlan Collins and Kevin Liptak, citing three people familiar with the event, reported that guests had already started gathering at the resort and had been told previously that Trump would be attending.

He had earlier planned to leave Mar-a-Lago on New Year's Day instead, The Associated Press reported.

The Huffington Post reported that tickets to the party have cost around $1,000 in previous years.

The event is an annual tradition for the Trump family, and CNN noted that Trump usually poses for the media on its red carpet.

A Mar-a-Lago member told CNN on Tuesday that they heard that at least 500 reservations had been made. Some 800 people attended the party in 2017, according to The Palm Beach Post.

Bloomberg News Senior Reporter Jennifer Jacobs tweeted that Trump was leaving the resort a day earlier than he planned, and would miss the party that "hundreds bought tickets for."

The event was organized despite the surging cases of the coronavirus in the US. It is not clear what coronavirus measures are planned for the event, CNN reported.

Neither Trump nor the White House gave a reason for Trump's early departure from the resort.

The Associated Press reported that Trump and Melania arrived in Mar-a-Lago on December 23, and spent most of his time there repeating his grievances about the presidential election results, which saw him lose to President-elect Joe Biden.

He will return to Washington, DC, as some Republicans are planning to formally object when Congress affirms Biden's election win. Trump has baselessly claimed that he won the election, and has tried unsuccessfully to overturn the results.

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