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Trump cuts guest list for White House election party and says he’ll ‘maybe’ address the nation

President Donald Trump downsized the guest list for his election night party at the White House from 400 to 250 – and said he’d ‘maybe’ address the nation Tuesday night after polls close. 

CNN first reported the slimmed-down party, which is slated to take place in the East Room, with every attendee getting tested for COVID-19 before gaining entry. 

Meanwhile, in Wilmington, Delaware, a podium is set up outside the Chase Center where Democratic nominee Joe Biden will address the nation – no matter the election result – his campaign said. 

President Donald Trump told reporters during a visit to the Republican National Committee Annex in Arlington, Virginia Tuesday that he ‘maybe’ would address the nation tonight, after the polls close 

CNN reported that Trump's guest list for his White House election fete had been slashed from 400 attendees to 250

CNN reported that Trump’s guest list for his White House election fete had been slashed from 400 attendees to 250 

Democratic nominee Joe Biden will address the American people Tuesday night, regardless of the election result from a stage in Wilmington, Delaware

Democratic nominee Joe Biden will address the American people Tuesday night, regardless of the election result from a stage in Wilmington, Delaware

Workers were setting it up Tuesday as Americans headed to the polls to decide whether Trump would stay in office or Biden would become the next president of the United States

Workers were setting it up Tuesday as Americans headed to the polls to decide whether Trump would stay in office or Biden would become the next president of the United States

Trump didn’t do much to preview his election night festivities except tell reporters that the country may not see him. 

‘Well I may, we’re going to have to see,’ he said after being asked if he would speak later Tuesday night.  

The president made a brief visit to the Republican National Committee Annex in Arlington, Virginia, where his campaign is staffed – and thanked them for what they had done. 

 ‘We have a big night planned, we’re going to have a very big night,’ the president said.  

As he concluded his Q&A with reporters in Arlington he added, ‘We’ll maybe see you later.’  

Trump was originally going to host a party at his Trump International Hotel several blocks away from the White House.

On Friday, The New York Times reported that the party was off. 

When Trump was asked about it, he pointed a finger at D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, saying her coronavirus restrictions had gotten in the way.  

‘You know, Washington, D.C. is shut down, the mayor has shut it down. We have a hotel. I don’t know if it’s shut down – if you’re allowed to use it or not – but I know the mayor has shut down Washington, D.C.,’ Trump told reporters as he left for three rallies. ‘And if that’s the case we’ll probably stay here or pick another location.’ 

‘I think it’s crazy Washington, D.C. is shut down, can you imagine?’ Trump added.

Washington, D.C. is in ‘phase two’ of reopening, so bars and restaurants are open with outdoor and limited indoor capacity. 

The bar at Trump’s D.C. hotel has been open for months. 

Gatherings, however, have been capped at 50. 

On federal property, Trump can do whatever he wants. 

Biden is holding his election night festivities in the same parking lot where he watched fireworks with running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, after his nomination speech in August at the Democratic National Convention. 

Trump opted not to use one of his own properties in 2016, when he was down in the polls and looked likely to lose to Democrat Hillary Clinton

Trump opted not to use one of his own properties in 2016, when he was down in the polls and looked likely to lose to Democrat Hillary Clinton 

Trump is photographed giving his victory speech at the Midtown Hilton in New York City, surrounded by his family, his running mate, campaign aides and friends

Trump is photographed giving his victory speech at the Midtown Hilton in New York City, surrounded by his family, his running mate, campaign aides and friends 

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, Biden and Harris opted not to travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where the four-day convention was planned. Instead they gave their addresses to a small audience of reporters in Wilmington. 

At the conclusion of Biden’s speech, supporters were waiting outside in their cars like they were at the drive-in movies. 

That socially distant set-up has been used at most of the Biden events since, which Trump has mocked during his slew of rallies, which have packed in majority-maskless crowds despite the threat of the coronavirus. 

Four years ago, when polling also didn’t look great for Trump, he opted to host his election night shindig at a non-Trump branded property – the Midtown Hilton in New York City.  

The move, at the time, was interpreted as a sign that he knew he would lose to Democrat Hillary Clinton – and didn’t want to sully, say, Trump Tower – where he launched his campaign, riding down the escalator to make his opening pitch. 


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