The United States has been one of the countries hardest hit by COVID-19 and leads the world in terms of deaths, with more than 340,000 deaths officially attributed to the virus.
Trump was originally scheduled to attend a New Year’s party at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
The White House has given no reason why he returned to Washington early, but it coincides with Trump’s fight with Congress for his veto on a major defense bill and his demand for increased checks on COVID-19 relaunch, as well as a spike in tensions with Iran.
Trump ignored shouted questions from reporters about Iran and whether he would attend Biden’s inauguration on January 20 upon his return to the White House.
President-elect Biden is expected to attend the New Year at his beach house in Delaware, though he is scheduled to appear on ABC’s long-running special “#Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin ‘Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021. ”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the top House Republican, dealt a fatal blow to Trump’s attempt to step up coronavirus aid to Americans on Wednesday, refusing to plan a quick vote on a bill to increase relief checks to $ 2,000 from the $ 600 included in an $ 892 billion relief plan passed by Congress earlier this month.
Trump’s Republican colleagues in Congress have largely stood by his side for four turbulent years, but he has criticized them in recent days for failing to fully support his unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud, rejecting his demand for larger checks and for s ‘move towards the reversal of the veto.