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Trump ordered Mar-a-Lago staff to rip out Melania's redecorations to his private quarters when he returned for Christmas, report says
  • President Donald Trump disliked renovations made to his Mar-a-Lago resort by his wife, Melania, so much that he had them ripped out, CNN reported.
  • "He was not happy with it," a source told CNN, adding that Trump berated resort management upon his arrival last week for Christmas.
  • At Trump's orders, resort staff removed "white marble and an abundance of dark wood," CNN said.
  • Trump was said to be "moody" during the trip, CNN reported. His 500-person New Year's Eve party, however, is scheduled to go ahead.
The staff quickly obliged the president's order, CNN said.

Trump and the first lady landed in Palm Beach, Florida, last Wednesday and are expected to return to Washington in the new year.

The renovations were dreamed up and overseen by the first lady and her interior decorator, Tham Kannalikham, according to CNN.

... It would not be the first time Melania Trump's interior-design efforts had gone unappreciated by her husband.

CNN said Trump took issue with renovations overseen by the first lady at Camp David, the Maryland country retreat of US presidents, when he visited for Thanksgiving.

... An unnamed club source told CNN that Trump had been "moody" throughout his latest stay at Mar-a-Lago, with another source saying, "The vibe is off."

Trump was said to have emerged Monday night, however, to say hello and congratulate a couple who had just been married at the resort, CNN reported.

GOP Sen. Josh Hawley's challenge to the election results will force a meaningless vote that's all about putting himself in the spotlight
  • GOP Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, a staunch ally of President Donald Trump, on Wednesday announced he will object when Congress meets to certify the Electoral College vote on January 6.
  • The move will amount to a short delay in the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's 2020 victory, but will not result in the results being overturned in any state.
  • "I cannot vote to certify the electoral college results on January 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws," Hawley said.
  • Hawley, a much-discussed future GOP presidential candidate who is also backing $2,000 stimulus checks for American taxpayers, is likely positioning himself to run as a populist candidate if Trump declines a 2024 bid.
Hawley, who is thought to have ambitions of running for president in 2024, is the first senator to say they will object to certification. He's joining a group of House Republicans, led by Rep Mo Brooks of Alabama, who've already said they would object.

Congress performs the final act in the process of certifying the election results in a joint session ahead of Inauguration Day, per the Constitution. In order for an objection to carry weight during this process, it has to be supported by at least one lawmaker from each chamber. If this occurs, the chambers split to debate for two hours before holding a vote on the matter. For the election results in any given state to be tossed out, both chambers would have to vote in favor of doing so.

Given Democrats will control the House on January 6, there's no way the lower chamber would vote to overturn the results. In short, Hawley's objection is doomed to fail.

Trumpism
or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by US President Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.