In a surprise move by President Donald Trump, he has just announced that he will be skipping this year’s White House Correspondents Association Dinner. This is the first time since the Nixon presidency that a president has not attended the event.
He took to Twitter to announce his absence writing, “I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!”. This sudden announcement on a Saturday comes after a rough week and an equally rough first month as President. Although last weekend he called the media “the enemy of the American people,” which has created a tense relationship, to say the least.
Then at Friday’s press briefing, the Trump administration only let selected members of the media inside, blocking CNN, BuzzFeed, and The New York Times. It will be interesting to see if these media outlets, along with others choose to attend the White House Correspondents Association dinner this year as well.
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