US Pres. Trump snubs White House correspondents dinner for second consecutive year

09 April, 2018, 00:26 | Author: Dustin Murphy
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Talev said that White House press secretary Sarah Sanders would represent the Trump administration at the dinner.

Trump's rocky relationship with the press likely would have been more evident than ever this year, had he chose to go: Just this week, amid rumors that he might attend the dinner, the president slammed the media as "so fake" in an interview with WABC's Bernie and Sid in the Morning. "So I just think I want to get it straightened out with the press before I do it". "So it's probably unlikely I'll do it".

Trump skipped the event a year ago, holding a rally in Pennsylvania instead. "The April 28 dinner celebrates award-winning reporting, scholarship winners and the vital role of the First Amendment and the free press in American democracy".

But in 2017, Trump, who frequently complains about media coverage of his administration, said he would sit out the event, adding that reporters had treated him unfairly.

"Nerd Prom" is coming back to Washington at the end of the month, and that has prompted a lot of speculation about whether the president would attend this time or skip out like previous year.

Reagan, of course, was recovering from an assassination attempt when he skipped the dinner that year.

White House Correspondents' Association president Margaret Talev later confirmed that Trump won't be attending, according to The Hill. The entirety of the White House staff also opted to boycott it that year.

True to form, Mr Trump tweeted on Friday: "So much of the media is dishonest and corrupt!"

The Trump administration is postponing until September a summit with Gulf Arab leaders that had been planned for this spring amid an ongoing dispute between Qatar and other United States allies in the region, according to five U.S. officials.

The event typically features a comedian who roasts the president and his team and then the top executive returns it to the press. At that event, Trump offered a series of good natured one-liners in his remarks. "I'm very excited to come here and ruin your evening in person". "That's why I accepted".


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