US President Donald Trump tweeted he is not going to be present at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. The announcement comes after several high-profile news organizations, including Bloomberg and The New Yorker, withdrew from hosting parties for the event.
Trump tweets he will skip White House Correspondents’ dinner – after some media cancel parties

"I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!" Trump wrote, without giving any reason for his decision.

The tradition to hold annual dinners organized by the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) goes back the 1920s. The high-profile event honors journalists who report the White House and the US president.

For some years now, there has been a tradition for the serving US leader to attend the dinner. In fact, Donald Trump will be the first president in 36 years to miss the high-roller event, following Ronald Reagan in 1981 who was recovering from a gunshot wound, NBC reports.

This year’s dinner is set to take place on April 29 at the Hinckley Hilton in Washington, DC.

During the WCHA dinner, a satirical take is delivered on the US president with a comedian typically invited to “roast” the leader and his politics. The president is also invited to give a satirical speech, in which the media is typically mocked in return.

Trump is known for his strained relationship with the US media, calling the New York Times “failing” as well criticizing several major news organizations as sources of “fake news.”

In the most recent incident, the CNN, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Politico and Buzzfeed were banned from attending a White House press gaggle, a non-televised briefing by White House press secretary Shaun Spicer, sparking widespread outrage.


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