Inside Trump’s New Year’s bash; family and friends ring in 2020 at Mar-a-Lago

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President Donald Trump not only rang in the new year and decade with a slew of family and friends at a Mar-a-Lago party but also used the momentous occasion to remind the rogue state of Iran what may await it this year if it keeps screwing around.

I don’t think that would be a good idea for Iran. It wouldn’t last very long,” he bluntly said when asked by reporters about a potential war with Iran.

The remarks were made only hours after Iranian-backed militiamen stormed the U.S. Embassy in Iraq’s capital of Baghdad and nearly triggered another Benghazi.

During a roughly 10-minute-long presser before the new year began, he also addressed his predictions for the U.S. economy, as well as his thoughts on North Korea’s recent antics and the Democrats’ flailing impeachment drive.


The rest of the evening was far less somber at Mar-a-Lago’s annual black-tie New Year’s Eve gala, which Politico notes is “a $1,000-a-head event that starts with cocktails by the main pool before moving to a decadent dinner in the estate’s massive ballroom.”

“In the past, the shindig has attracted celebrities like Sylvester Stallone, Woody Allen, Rod Stewart, Serena Williams, Martha Stewart and Robert Kraft.”

This year noted guests included …

The president’s attorney Rudy Giuliani, who held his own mini-press conference of sorts.


Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs and notably pro-life My Pillow founder Michael Lindell:

The president’s daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner:

The president’s son Eric and his wife, Lara:

The president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and his girlfriend, former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle:

The president’s other daughter, Tiffany Trump, and her boyfriend, Michael Boulos:

Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk:

Conservative radio show host Howie Carr:

White House principal deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley:

The president’s youngest son, Barron:

And of course the president himself and his wife, first lady Melania Trump:

The president reportedly began the day driving to the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach but quickly switched plans and left only 49 minutes after his arrival.

Though he received some criticism from the left over the perceived Obama-like optics of showing up at the resort, he himself took to Twitter later to dispute media reports that he’d actually gone on to play golf; and to note the difference between the Baghdad attack and Obama’s infamous Benghazi attack: His decision to take quick, immediate action.

Unlike other people


Hours later, around reportedly 8:30 pm, and after the situation at the embassy in Baghdad had calmed down, the party at Mar-a-Lago officially began:

See more photos from the party below:

When asked by the press about their resolution for 2020, the first lady said “peace” while the president said, without getting into specifics, that it’s something “good” for America.

“Peace is right, but I’m not sure you’re supposed to say resolutions out loud, okay?” he said. “So we don’t want to — I don’t want to say what my resolution is because I think we jinx it, all right? But I can tell you, we have a good resolution, and it’s a resolution for our country!”


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