Trump to skip annual White House correspondents' dinner

Randolph Lopez
April 9, 2018

President Donald Trump will not attend the White House Correspondents Association Dinner for the second year in a row, according to the organizers.

"I did the Gridiron dinner a few weeks ago, and that was really terrific, we had a lot of fun and it was good", Trump said.

"I sort of feel like the press is so bad, and so fake", he added.

Trump finished up the segment by saying he "probably" won't do the dinner again.

The White House on Friday announced that President Trump will not be attending the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 28, and will instead "actively encourage" his staff to attend to honor press freedom.

The decision was unsurprising given Mr Trump's strained relationship with the media.

Talev's comments followed Trump's statement during a radio interview on the "Bernie and Sid Show" that he was inclined to skip the annual dinner, which sees Hollywood celebrities and journalists roast politicians, because he views the media as "novelists" who make up reports.

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Trump skipped last year's dinner as well, becoming the first sitting president to do so in over 35 years.

Traditionally, the event is attended by the president and vice president - and typically features self-satirizing skits and speeches.

Trump's negative RSVP came on the heels of another spat with a mainstream media outlet, namely the Washington Post.

"Donald Trump has been saying that he will run for President as a Republican - which is surprising, since I just assumed that he was running as a joke", Meyers told the crowd.

President of the White House Correspondents' Association, Margaret Talev, a correspondent for Bloomberg made the announcement on Friday. Trump was mocked in 2011 by the then president Barack Obama and the comedian who turned up for the day - Seth Meyers.

Among his quips: "I was very excited to receive this invitation and ruin your evening in person".

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