President Donald Trump will not attend the White House correspondents’ dinner this year.
Trump announced his decision on Twitter late Saturday afternoon. The dinner is scheduled for April 29. He tweeted: I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!
Questions about whether the dinner, an annual lighthearted gathering of journalists and the people they cover, typically headlined by the sitting president, was appropriate had already existed before Trump took office. Since his inauguration and his increasingly fraught relationship with the press, however, calls to boycott the annual event have grown louder.
In recent weeks, Trump has accused some news outlets of publishing “fake news” and called the media the “enemy of the American people.”
I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017
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