Donald Trump will be skipping the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on April 29. The president made the announcement tonight via Twitter.
“I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!” Trump tweeted on Saturday afternoon.
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
White House Correspondents’ Association president Jeff Mason responded to the president by issuing a statement of his own. He recognized Trump’s announcement and said he is still looking forward to the event, “which has been and will continue to be a celebration of the First Amendment and the important role played by an independent news media in a healthy republic.
“We look forward to shining a spotlight at the dinner on some of the best political journalism of the past year and recognizing the promising students who represent the next generation of our profession,” the statement concludes.
WHCA statement on 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner pic.twitter.com/mMOXaozwHj
— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) February 25, 2017
Trump’s decision to skip the event breaks a longtime tradition. He is the first president to skip the dinner since Ronald Reagan in 1981. Reagan missed the event because he was recovering from an assassination attempt, but even so, he still delivered remarks over the phone.
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