Trump returns to DC amid showdown with Congress

President Donald Trump headed back to Washington from his Florida resort on Thursday, a day earlier than planned, as the fight with Congress over a defense bill and stimulus checks continues.

His return also comes as he pursues his long-shot bid to overturn his election defeat.

Trump was scheduled to attend a New Year’s Eve party at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

He did not speak to reporters on departure, and has not done so in weeks.

The White House has given no reason for the change in plan, but it coincides with Trump’s fight with Congress TO increase COVID-19 stimulus checks, as well as a spike in tensions with Iran ahead of the first anniversary of the U.S. drone strike that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.

Two U.S. B-52 bombers flew over the Middle East on Wednesday in what U.S. officials said was a message of deterrence to Iran, drawing a rebuke from Iran's foreign minister.

Trump has also ramped up pressure on fellow Republicans to back his effort to overturn the results of November’s election, which he lost.

Republican Senator Josh Hawley on Wednesday pledged to challenge Biden’s victory when Congress convenes on January 6th to officially tally the electoral votes.

The move could trigger a long debate in the Republican-controlled Senate, but has virtually no chance of changing the result.

Hawley's fellow Republican, Ben Sasse, called on his colleagues in the Senate "to reject this dangerous ploy" adding "For President-Elect Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College victory to be overturned, President Trump would need to flip multiple states. But not a single state is in legal doubt."

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has acknowledged Biden’s victory and has also urged other Senate Republicans to refrain from objecting in January.

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- President Donald Trump headed back to Washington from his Florida resort on Thursday, a day earlier than planned, as the fight with Congress over a defense bill and stimulus checks continues. His return also comes as he pursues his long-shot bid to overturn his election defeat. Trump was scheduled to attend a New Year's Eve party at his Mar-a-Lago resort. He did not speak to reporters on departure, and has not done so in weeks.

The White House has given no reason for the change in plan, but it coincides with Trump's fight with Congress to increase COVID-19 stimulus checks as well as a spike in tensions with Iran ahead of the first anniversary of the US drone strike that killed a top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. Two US B-52 bombers flew over the Middle East on Wednesday in what US officials said was a message of deterrence to Iran, drawing a rebuke from Iran's foreign minister.

Trump has also ramped up pressure on fellow Republicans to back his effort to overturn the results of November's election, which he lost. Republican Senator Josh Hawley, on Wednesday, pledged to challenge Biden's victory when Congress convenes on January 6 to officially tally the electoral votes. The move could trigger a long debate in the Republican-controlled Senate, but has virtually no chance of changing the result.

Holly's fellow Republican Ben Sasse called on his colleagues in the Senate, quote, "to reject this dangerous ploy," adding, quote, "for President-elect Biden's 306-to-232 electoral college victory to be overturned, President Trump would need to flip multiple states. But not a single state is in legal doubt." Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has acknowledged Biden's victory, and has also urged other Senate Republicans to refrain from objecting in January.