How Trump and Biden are celebrating Thanksgiving

How Trump and Biden are celebrating Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is looking a bit different in 2020, even for President Trump and President-elect Joe Biden.

The current commander-in-chief spent Thursday morning golfing at his Trump National Golf Club, a short drive from the White House. After golfing, he headed home, where he is scheduled to take part in a video call with military members for the Thanksgiving holiday.

He will then have dinner with his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, and son Barron at the White House.

Biden, meanwhile, is hunkered down at his Rehoboth Beach, Del., beach house alongside wife, Jill. The two are being joined by daughter Ashley Biden and her husband Howard Krein.

In their video remarks to celebrate the holiday, the two said that they would be having separate Thanksgivings from the remainder of their family because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’ve got a big family you’ve probably heard a lot about,” Biden joked during a virtual meeting with healthcare workers last week, “We do everything together.”

The only thing they aren’t going to do, the president-elect said, was gather for the holiday.

For both Trump and Biden, their days are certainly different from previous years.

President-elect Joe Biden and First Lady-elect Jill Biden
President-elect Joe Biden and First Lady-elect Jill BidenInstagram

Trump has spent nearly every Thanksgiving of his presidency at his “Winter White House,” his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla.

Last year, he made a surprise visit to Afghanistan to serve Thanksgiving dinner to US troops. He had tried to surprise troops in Iraq the year before that, but his cover was blown when Air Force One was detected by an amateur flight watcher.

Regarding the changes to this years plans, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said during a Fox News appearance Wednesday that the president made the adjustments because he was “hard at work.”

“The president’s hard at work on COVID, among other issues, drawing down our number of troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, bringing our men and women home. He’s hard at work, and so he’s staying here at the White House, and it will be a lovely Thanksgiving for him and the first lady here in the White House,” the Trump spokeswoman said.

As for Vice President Pence and Vice President-elect Harris, both do not have events on their public schedules in light of the holiday.

Harris, though, will celebrate the holiday in the nation’s capital with her husband Douglas Emhoff, she said during an event in DC Wednesday.

It was thought that Pence would possibly travel to Sanibel, Fla., where he has previously vacationed with family, for the holiday. While he did not end up traveling to the Sunshine State, his final plans were not publicly known.