Trump Planning to Skip White House Correspondents' Dinner Again
Apr 09 2018
US President Donald Trump, who has feuded with several media personalities and organisations, will not attend the White House Correspondents' Association annual black-tie dinner for the second straight year, the president of the group says.
White House Correspondent's Association president Margaret Talev confirmed that the president does not plan to participate in the dinner, noting that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be attending the event. "So it's probably unlikely I'll do it".
In 2017, Trump became the first American president since Ronald Reagan to have skipped the annual event.
But the president, who has long had an adversarial relationship with the news media, did not elaborate on how he planned to do so.
Trump has repeatedly attacked the media, and often dubs news outlets that report critically on his administration as "fake news". 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 deemed last year's correspondents' dinner a "massive failure", prompting Mr. McGuirk to chime in, "Yes, yes! The "Fakers" at CNN, NBC, ABC & CBS have done so much dishonest reporting that they should only be allowed to get awards for fiction!"
Traditionally, the event is attended by the president and vice president - and typically features self-satirizing skits and speeches. And unlike a year ago, she said, the president wouldn't discourage other administration officials from attending.
This year, the dinner will honor Maggie Haberman of The New York Times, who Trump called "a Hillary flunky" who didn't know anything about him.
"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.