Donald's sad New Year's Eve party - even Ivanka Trump stands up for her father
Created: 01/03/2023 04:52
By: Daniel Dillman
New Year's Eve party in Mar-a-Lago: Donald Trump raises his fist in greeting.
Wife Melania Trump greets the New Year with applause.
© JOE RAEDLE/AFP
In Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump celebrates New Year's Eve with the few people who still stand by him.
Even family members stay away from the sad event.
Mar-a-Lago - Hundreds of club members attended the New Year's Eve party.
Donald Trump had invited to Mar-a-Lago, a luxury golf resort in Florida, which has been the home of the former US President since Trump was voted out of office.
But among the guests there were only a few prominent faces from politics and show business, the two business areas in which Trump had moved throughout his career.
Even family members seemed to have better things to do on New Year's Eve than posing with the former president.
In addition to his wife Melania Trump, only his second eldest son, Eric Trump, followed the New Year's Eve invitation to Mar-a-Lago.
His siblings, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., were nowhere to be seen.
Ivanka's husband, Jared Kushner, also apparently spent the start of the new year elsewhere, although the couple have also lived in Palm Beach, just a few miles from the golf resort, since ending their political career in Washington DC.
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Both Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump have been regulars at the Mar-a-Lago New Year's Eve party in recent years.
Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, served as White House advisors and advisers during Donald Trump's tenure as President.
After Trump's defeat in 2020 and his announcement that he would run again in 2024, Ivanka announced that he no longer wanted anything to do with politics.
She will only support her father "outside the political arena".
However, Donald Trump rejected reports of a deeper rift between him and his daughter.
For decades, the former president has regularly invited guests to the celebration at his golf resort.
Past guests have included pop stars like Rod Stewart, sports professionals like Tiger Woods and movie stars like Sylvester Stallone.
But this year the list of celebrities was much shorter.
Rudy Giuliani: Donald Trump's legal adviser and former mayor of New York
Eric Trump: Donald Trump's second eldest son and Vice President of the Trump Organization
Lara Trump: Wife of Eric Trump and failed US Senate candidate
Mike Lindell: CEO of MyPillow and conspiracy theory promoter
Richard "Dick" Morris: Political Advisor
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Despite the sparse guest list, Donald Trump was confident about his expectations for 2023 and the 2024 US election,
according to the local news portal
Palm Beach Post .
"I think we're doing really well," Trump said, pleased with "fantastic poll results" he claimed to have received the day before.
What the results might be, however, remained his secret.
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The latest polls for the Republican nomination for the 2024 presidential election were released in mid-December and come from the USA Today
in partnership with Suffolk University.
According to this, 61 percent of Republican voters want a different candidate than Donald Trump.
Ron DeSantis achieved the best results in this survey.
The Florida governor is considered Trump's toughest internal party competitor.
Trump himself had threatened DeSantis with revelations that would make him "look very bad" if he really wanted to run.
Donald Trump calls for “strong borders”
On New Year's Eve, however, Donald Trump did not want to talk about Ron DeSantis, his recently published tax return, the pending lawsuits against him for inciting violence on January 6, or the dinner with former musician and currently full-time anti-Semite Kanye West.
Instead, there were generalities to be heard.
The USA needs “strong borders”, they should no longer provide any more aid to Ukraine in the war against Russia and Trump gave tirades about the FBI for the best.
When the few media representatives wanted to question the former president on more sensitive issues, such as
B. his position in the ongoing abortion debate or his recently released tax bills, according to the Palm Beach Post, the ex-president ignored the question and simply walked away without an answer.