U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he will not attend the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Trump’s announcement comes just two days after the White House excluded several major news agencies from a press briefing.
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U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Saturday evening that he will not attend the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on April 29. “Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Over the past few weeks, Trump has repeatedly attacked several major U.S. media outlets, calling them “the enemy of the American People [sic],” but his decision to skip the traditional dinner attended by journalists, celebrities and politicians is considered extremely unusual. However, several media outlets have already announced that they plan to boycott the dinner due to the tensions between mainstream American media outlets and the U.S. president.
I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017
White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) president Jeff Mason released an official statement following Trump’s announcement: “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.”
On Friday, the White House excluded multiple major news outlets from a press briefing delivered by press secretary Sean Spicer.