The White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) is made up of journalists who cover the White House and the President of the United States. The WHCA was established in 1914.
Its most prominent occasion is the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which is scheduled for Apr. 29 this year. Last night, Trump tweeted: “I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!”
The last president to not attend the dinner — an event which is notorious for its comedic roasting of the president and his administration — was Ronald Reagan in 1981.
This decision by the president comes on the heels of a week seeing White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon emphasizing that the press is the “opposition party,” Trump dedicating a noteworthy segment of his CPAC speech to assaulting the “fake news” media, and access to a briefing being limited to only selected news organizations.
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