President Donald Trump cut his Florida getaway brief and will miss his household's standard New Year's Eve gala at their Mar-a-Lago resort to go back to Washington, D.C. Thursday.
The White House did not give a reason for the president's early return.
The abrupt change took place late Wednesday.
The return to D.C. comes as stress intensify between the U.S. and Iran. The Associated Press reports there is concern Iran could order military retaliation for the U.S. killing a leading Iranian military commander on Jan. 3, 2020 in a drone strike.
Iranian-supported Shiite militia groups introduced a rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Dec. 20. No one was killed, but Trump said days later on that Iran was on notification.
“Some friendly health suggestions to Iran: If one American is killed, I will hold Iran responsible. Think it over,” Trump tweeted on Dec. 23. He added, “We hear chatter of extra attacks against Americans in Iraq.”
The modification in the president's strategy also occurred quickly after Senator Josh Hawley announced he would raise objections on January 6 when a joint session of Congress satisfies to accept the votes of the Electoral College. The relocation might postpone the procedure as Congress hears objections.
Trump tweeted Wednesday “January 6th, see you in DC!”, allegedly as a referral to the joint session and the demonstrations being prepared by a number of groups supporting the president.
JANUARY SIXTH, SEE YOU IN DC!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2020
The president and First Lady Melania Trump reached their Palm Beach resort on Dec. 23 and had planned on holding their annual gala Thursday night prior to returning.
Trump's New Year's Eve celebrations typically include celebrities and in the last couple of years, political allies and leaders have gone to.