Donald Trump Will Not Attend White House Correspondents’ Dinner

President Donald Trump declared on Twitter on Saturday, February 25, that he will not be present at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on April 29.

“I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year,” the former Celebrity Apprentice host, 70, wrote on his personal Twitter account. “Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!”

However Trump did not offer further clarification for the decision, his statement has made the tension between his administration and the media even worse. CNN, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and Politico were among the major news outlets that were prohibited to attend the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s briefing this Friday, February 24. On the contrary, reporters from conservative channels such as Breitbart News and Fox News were allowed to inside.

The annual dinner has become a tradition since the first one in 1920. It is planned by the journalists who cover the White House and the president. Each year, an artist or comedian hosts the occasion and playfully roasts the president. Former President Barack Obama appeared at all eight dinners during his two-term presidency.

Several newscast outlets, like Vanity Fair, The New York Times and BuzzFeed News, had already declared they would sit out this year’s dinner, and Bloomberg canceled its annual afterparty.

The White House Correspondents’ Association posted a statement on Twitter after Trump’s announcement.

“The White House Correspondents’ Association looks forward to having its annual dinner on April 29,” is what Jeff Mason wrote. He is the association’s president. “The WHCA takes note of President Donald Trump’s announcement on Twitter that he does not plan to attend the dinner, which has been and will continue to be a celebration of the First Amendment and the important role played by an independent news media in a healthy republic. We look forward to shining a spotlight at the dinner on some of the best political journalism of the past year and recognizing promising students who represent the next generation of our profession.”

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