Trump’s first public appearance in a private capacity since the election has drawn a swarm of photographers, including the paparazzo who captured the president’s arrival on a flight to Miami in the early morning hours of Sunday.
Trump, who is not allowed to campaign in public places, spent the day in a New York mansion, where he posed for a group photo with his wife Melania and daughter Ivanka, and at a private event at the Palm Beach Club in Palm Beach, Florida.
He also sat down with a group of journalists for an hour-long interview on the day of the election.
Trump and his team, which includes his eldest son, Donald Jr., and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, have insisted that the president is not in the process of pulling out of the Electoral College and are focused instead on keeping his campaign momentum going in battleground states.
Trump tweeted Sunday morning that he would “not be leaving the electoral college.”
But his aides have repeatedly stressed that he has no intention of abandoning the electoral process.
“President-elect Donald J. Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the ElectoralCollege in the closing minutes of the 2016 election,” a senior White House official told ABC News on Sunday morning.
“The president-elect’s decision was made by the people, not by political strategists.”
The official said that the decision “was made based on the fact that we have no choice, because the electoral vote is already decided.”