Trump Planning to Skip White House Correspondents' Dinner Again


Trump Planning to Skip White House Correspondents' Dinner Again

Mr Trump, renowned for his agnostic relationship with the media, a year ago became the first president to snub the century-old annual gala since Ronald Reagan, who in 1981 was recovering from an assassination attempt.

Mr. Trump has proved Scrooge-like when it comes to doling out formal interviews (the major broadcast networks and CNN have not sat down with him in almost a year), and his last White House news conference was in February - of 2017.

The organization said, though, that Trump "will actively encourage members of the executive branch to attend and join us as we celebrate the First Amendment".

According to WCHA President Margaret Talev, the White House will be represented this year by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, who will sit at the head table.

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And carrying arms in such political processions is not part of any tradition. He called upon the people to "protest and resist" everywhere.

Trump had told a New York City radio station Friday he probably would not attend this year's dinner.

President Donald Trump announced Friday that he will miss the White House Correspondents' Dinner for the second year in a row, citing concerns with news coverage of his administration. "They're like novelists. I call them novelists".

White House staff members also did not attend the 2017 event out of reported "solidarity" with the president.

In lieu of attending last year's dinner, Mr Trump held a rally in Pennsylvania where he told the crowd the United States media were incompetent and biased.

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The Republican president's assaults on the "fake news" media have sharpened in recent weeks and have included attacks on CNN president Jeff Zucker and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who owns The Washington Post. Sanders faces the media in most of the daily briefings at the White House.

He has also avoided holding a traditional news conference for over a year, though he often answers shouted questions from reporters.

Since his campaign, he has ceaselessly blasted the "fake media" and "dishonest" reporters, singling out specific journalists and news outlets for criticism.

Trump has called out both CNN and Haberman by name on several occasions, frequently labeling CNN "fake news" and tweeting previous year that Haberman was a "Hillary flunky", Politico notes.

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