I "probably" won't attend White House Correspondent's Dinner

09 April, 2018, 00:24 | Author: Essie Rivera
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President Trump will not attend the White House Correspondents Association Dinner this year, continuing a boycott that began his first year in office, the White House announced on Friday, but the president will "actively encourage" members of his administration to go in celebration of the First Amendment.

And unlike past year, when members of the Trump administration also skipped the dinner in solidarity with their boss, Trump "will actively encourage" executive branch folks to go, Talev said.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders will attend in his place.

"It's been a really calm week at the White House", Trump deadpanned after a flurry of departures and other controversies rocked the White House.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be attending the event and sitting at the head table.

Last year, Trump was the first U.S. president to skip the event in 36 years. Reagan did not attend in 1981 because he was recovering from an assassination attempt.

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

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Ebony Bowden reported from New York City. Trump wrote on Twitter. Afterward, the president gets to perform a response routine.

But he didn't rule out attending the event in future years.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN. The firm that paid the spy, Fusion GPS, received money from Russian Federation while he performed his work.

The decision was unsurprising given Mr Trump's strained relationship with the media.

President Donald Trump will refuse to participate in the annual event, making this the second time he does so. His reason, which was the same as previous year, was animosity toward the media.

A recent Knight-Gallup poll showed 43 per cent of Americans have a negative view of the news media, but more importantly for Trump, that figure is 68 per cent among Republicans.

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