Trump to skip Correspondents' Dinner

U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he will skip the White House Correspondents' Association dinner.
By Alex Bourque | Apr 22, 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he will skip the White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

The White House Correspondents' Association dinner is a black tie eventwhere the U.S. President rubs elbows and shares a night with the national media. For decades, the dinner has been attended by sitting presidents and their administration officials. Multiple celebrities have also made appearances at recent Correspondents' dinners. More recently, the dinner has been an opportunity to raise money for scholarships that the Correspondents' Association hopes to give to students aspiring for journalism careers. President Trump announced in February that he would not be attending the dinner and his administration officials also announced that they would not be in attendance either.

President Trump has had an acrimonious relationship with the news media, calling them the enemy of the American people. With the national media being treated as an anathema, Trump announced on Saturday that he would be holding a separate rally in Pennsylvania on April 29.

"Next Saturday night I will be holding a BIG rally in Pennsylvania. Look forward to it!" tweeted President Trump.

The White House Correspondents' Association dinner apparently will not be affected by President Trump not attending the affair. President of theWhite House Correspondents' Association and a reporter for Reuters, Jeff Mason, said that the dinner will go on regardless.


"We will be celebrating the First Amendment at the White House Correspondents' Dinner next week, and we look forward to doing just that," said Mason.

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