Trump says he's skipping White House Correspondents' dinner

Beau Willimon

President Donald Trump will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association dinner this year.

The annual black-tie event brings together to White House press corps with members of the ruling administration and is often MC'd by a well-known comedian, who often makes a target of both the sitting President and their policies, allies, and enemies.

On Friday, several major news outlets, including CNN and The New York Times, were excluded from a briefing with Spicer.

This year, though, multiple news organizations already have announced they will either skip the dinner or not hold the supplemental parties they usually do. The Times' Maggie Haberman reported in March that Trump's deep desire to be taken seriously in politics began after the 2011 dinner when then President Barack Obama used Trump's run for the presidency as the subject matter for one of his jokes.

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However, some media critics say the dinner raises questions about whether beat reporters should rub shoulders with the politicians they cover frequently, or allow themselves to be too closely associated with Hollywood.

Also as of yesterday, the WHCA was going ahead with the annual dinner, set for April 29 at the Hinckley Hilton in D.C.

According to the History Channel the dinner has been cancelled three times: following the death of former president William Howard Taft, in 1930, after the U.S. entry into the second world war in 1942, and in 1951, during the Korean war.

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