President Donald Trump said Friday that he might hold an election night shindig at the White House, blaming Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser's COVID-19 restrictions for why a party at his hotel was nixed.
'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 Friday as he left for three campaign events. '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.
Earlier Friday, The New York Times reported that the party at the D.C. hotel was off, citing a person familiar with the president's plans.
Washington, D.C. is in 'phase 2' of reopening, which means bars and restaurants are open - including the bar at the Trump International - but with capacity restrictions. Gatherings are limited to 50 people.
President Donald Trump said he might host election night at the White House blaming D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser's COVID-19 restrictions for why he can't have the planned event at this D.C. Trump hotel
'I think it's crazy Washington, D.C. is shut down, can you imagine?' Trump added, aiming his ire at D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (pictured) when asked about his election night plans. The New York Times had reported that a planned event at the Trump hotel had been canceled
President Donald Trump (left), returning to the White House Thursday night with first lady Melania Trump (right), has nixed plans to hold a party with supporters on election night, which was to be used as a campaign fundraiser
The New York Times reported Friday that plans are off to have President Donald Trump travel the handful of blocks to his Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C. on election night to be with supporters
President Donald Trump was supposed to mingle with supporters at his Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. Tuesday night, but now plans are off. Trump, according to the Times, is 'deeply superstitious' and may not have wanted to look presumptuous
The Trump campaign had sent out fundraising materials advertising the hotel party with the president.
'November 3rd will go down in history as the night we won FOUR MORE YEARS,' one that was obtained by The Times read. 'It will be absolutely EPIC, and the only thing that could make it better is having YOU there.'
The solicitation included an image of the president and first lady Melania Trump and read, 'join us on election night.'
The presumptuous nature of the fundraising material could have rattled the president who is 'deeply superstitious,' as The Times put it.
The newspaper pointed out that the president is surrounding himself with the same group of people who were around him four years ago when he got over the finish line, including Hope Hicks, Jason Miller and David Bossie.
Four years ago, Trump held a election night event with several hundred supporters at the Midtown Hilton in New York and not one of his namesake properties.
In 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump rented out the ballroom of New York's Midtown Hilton for his election night shindig. At the time, it was interpreted as a sign that he didn't want one of his own properties sullied if he lost
President Donald Trump is joined onstage by his family members and broader campaign staff in the early hours of November 9, 2016 after Democrat Hillary Clinton conceded the presidential election to him
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.
While the president's campaign said he plans to hold a rescheduled rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Monday, it otherwise hasn't released his plans for his final two days on the campaign trail.
In 2016, he held five rallies in five states on election eve.
He traveled to Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Michigan.
Trump's bet work, turning four out of the five states red, enough for an Electoral College win.
He paraded onto the Hilton ballroom's stage with his entire family and broader campaign team to the 'Air Force One' movie theme in the early hours of Wednesday morning to claim victory.