First Lady Melania Trump has reportedly canceled her Christmas plans at the Mar-a-Lago club in Florida and is rushing back to the White House to be with President Donald Trump. Reports state that the president will remain in Washington, DC throughout the holiday period because of the government shutdown.
The first lady and her son Barron Trump had left for Mar-a-Lago club on Friday afternoon and had planned to spend more than two weeks there, according to Express.
A row with the Democrats over the funding of the Mexico border wall has caused a standoff in the Congress leaving it unable to pass the budget. Reports state that failure to pass the budget could result in federal employees being forced to take unpaid leaves and public services could be halted until the lawmakers reach an agreement.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders released a statement over the weekend confirming that Melania Trump will return from Florida: "Due to the shutdown, President Trump will remain in Washington, DC. The First Lady will return from Florida so they can spend Christmas together.”
President Trump and his family typically celebrate their holiday season in Florida every year. Reports state that Senators are not set to meet again until December 27, which means that there is little chance of an end to the impasse before Christmas.
Reports that one of the traditions at the Trump family includes Christmas Eve Mass at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach. The church was the location for Melania and Donald Trump's wedding in 2005. The family then holds a large Christmas banquet which generally takes place on December 25.
It is still not clear whether the first family will head to Mar-a-Lago which Trump calls his "winter White House" at a later date during the festive period.