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Trump Will Skip White House Correspondents Association Dinner Again

09 April 2018, 12:24 | Bernice Figueroa

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"It's unlikely I will do the White House Correspondents dinner this year", Trump said before calling the news media "so bad and so fake".

And unlike previous year, when members of the Trump administration also skipped the dinner in solidarity with their boss, Trump "will actively encourage" executive branch folks to go, Talev said.

"I probably won't do it", the president said during a radio interview with a NY radio show on Friday.

"They're like novelists. I call them novelists", Trump said.

"I didn't do it previous year, I had a rally instead, which was good".

The dinner, an annual feature in Washington since 1921, is billed as a celebration of the First Amendment.


The Republican president's assaults on the "fake news" media have sharpened in recent weeks and have included attacks on CNN president Jeff Zucker and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who owns The Washington Post.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will represent the administration at the head table - a spot typically reserved for presidents and first ladies, WHCA President Margaret Talev said in a statement. Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter both skipped multiple correspondents' dinners, but after Reagan's assassination attempt, United States presidents attended every dinner for 36 consecutive years. He also declined an invite previous year.

Though notoriously thin-skinned, Mr Trump has subjected himself to ribbing before, including New York's Al Smith dinner during the 2016 campaign. Most officials in his administration also snubbed the dinner.

Before he entered politics, the former reality star attended the event and in 2011 was on hand - and appeared humiliated - as former president Barack Obama lobbed joke after joke at his expense.

Mr. Trump's nine-minute appearance on WABC was not exactly an outlier when it comes to high-ranking administration officials making time for local NY programming. It includes acknowledgement of award-winning reporting and the presentation of journalism scholarships.



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