Did Donald Trump skip family Thanksgiving dinner? POTUS missing from first family's campfire photo at Camp David
Both the POTUS as well as the first lady were missing from the photo that was shared by Dan Scavino
As members of the first family gathered at Camp David to celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump seemed to be missing. In a photograph shared by White House deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino on multiple social media sites, the first family, including Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr, his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle, Eric Trump, Lara Trump, Tiffany Trump, and her boyfriend Michael Boulos, were all huddled together with Scavino around a campfire. The picture was later shared by Eric Trump on his Instagram. However, the POTUS as well as the first lady were missing from the photo.
Just hours before sharing the picture, Eric Trump shared an image on Instagram showing him driving the car while his wife was sitting in the back seat of a vehicle with their two children, Carolina and Eric Jr. "We’ll report back on how this goes. #HappyThanksgiving," he wrote without divulging where they were headed. The rest of the family did not share any photos from Camp David. "Happy Thanksgiving," Ivanka wrote in the caption of a family photo on Instagram featuring her husband and their three children — Arabella, Joseph, and Theodore.
Meanwhile, after wishing his 4.3 million followers a Happy Thanksgiving, Don Jr shared a meme featuring President-elect Joe Biden that read: "Happy 4th of July!!!" In the caption of the post, he wrote: "It’s funny because it’s true! #thanksgiving." His posts came just 24 hours after he announced that he was Covid-free and would be spending Thanksgiving with his family. He gave no explanation as to why he'd been given the all-clear or if he had tested negative.
In an Instagram video, he posed with his girlfriend as he told fans: "I got cleared, happy to be healthy and we get to spend Thanksgiving the way it's meant to be. We weren't sure if that was going to be the case so KG and I bought enough for probably a Thanksgiving for six or seven just for us and we're doing that today, on Wednesday, as a little extra celebration."
He said: "Heading down to meet up with my family tomorrow — family the way it's meant to be done. Really excited about that." In their video, Don Jr and Guilfoyle showed off their Thanksgiving dinner spread which they said was enough to feed "six or seven people." "We got Turkey, stuffing, ravioli — KG made enough stuffing for about 97 people," he joked. Guilfoyle chimed in, saying, "Strawberry rhubarb pie. Don ate part of that already." To conclude the video, Don Jr said. "We hope that you guys have a wonderful Thanksgiving and just a blessed weekend." The couple appeared to be at Guilfoyle's Upper East Side apartment.
Trump, meanwhile, kicked off his Thanksgiving with a round of golf at the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia where he was caught in a video exclaiming, "I hate this f***ing hole!" as he sent the ball flying into a lake. The president donned a bright red Make America Great Again hat with the number 45 embellished on the side. Trump was also wearing a red sweater with what appears to be the presidential seal on it as he took some air swings before actually hitting the ball. For the first three Thanksgivings of his presidency, Trump and First Lady Melania had traveled to their Mar-a-Lago home in Florida, but this year, they opted to stay at the White House after his election loss.
A spokesperson for the Trumps said: "The First Family will be celebrating the day with immediate family for dinner at the White House." However, there is no way to know if the first couple hosted the private gathering as there were no photos of the family affair posted on any of the social media pages maintained by the various members of the first family. Trump was also scheduled to have a teleconference with members of the military during the evening on Thanksgiving.