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Trump Says He Will Skip White House Correspondents’ Dinner

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Donald Trump announced Saturday afternoon that he will not be attending the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington, D.C.

One day after the White House announced it had barred CNN, The New York Times, Politico and several other major media outlets from a media “gaggle” in the White House leading to angry protests from the press and several threats of boycotts of future media briefings, in a tweet the president said he will pass on the journalism scholarship benefit dinner in April traditionally attended by major media outlets, celebrity guests and the president and vice president.

“I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!” he wrote on Twitter.

His refusal to attend comes amid reports that media outlets like CNN and MSNBC have been considering skipping the event at the Washington Hilton. Trump’s move comes in the heat of his ongoing battle with the media, which he has labeled the opposition party and “fake news.”

Various prominent political correspondents promptly responded to Trump’s announcement:

A high-profile comedian usually hosts the event in which the president is roasted by the comedian and the president roasts the media. The annual dinner began in 1920, and was scheduled to take place on April 29 at the Washington Hilton.

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