Trump Says Thanks But No Thanks To White House Correspondents Dinner

 

President Trump announced Saturday that he won't attend the annual White House Correspondents Association dinner in April, breaking with decades of tradition. Trump tweeted: "I will not be attending the White House Correspondents Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening." The last president who didn't attend the event, at which the president jokes about the news media, other politicians and himself in front of an audience of members of the news media, was Ronald Reagan, who skipped it in 1981 because he was still recovering from being shot in John Hinckley Jr.'s assassination attempt on him. Word of Trump's decision came one day after several news organizations were barred from a briefing with the White House press secretary amid Trump's increasing attacks on the media. Some had already questioned whether news organizations should themselves skip the WHCA dinner because of Trump's lashing out at the media, including calling them "enemies of the American people" and blasting them for alleged "fake news." Celebrities have become a bigger part of the event in recent years, with news organizations inviting celebs to attend as their guests, and Trump himself has attended in the past, including in 2011, when he became a target of then President Barack Obama's mocking after Trump had spent months boosting the debunked birtherism conspiracy theory, questioning whether Obama had been born in the U.S.

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