President Trump took his war with the media to new levels when he announced that he would break tradition and not attend the correspondent’s dinner via tweet.
President Trump tweeted out, “I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!”
The dinner is held by the White House Correspondents’ Association and usually features the president in a seat of honor, heavily attended by celebrities, and usually is a light-hearted roast that has become tradition.
The White House Correspondents’ Association say the event will go on as planned, on April 29th, because they consider it “celebration of the First Amendment and the important role played by an independent news media in a healthy republic.”
Trump’s refusal of the invitation comes days after he began tweeting about fake news. In one tweet, he said, “FAKE NEWS media knowingly doesn’t tell the truth. A great danger to our country. The failing
@nytimes has become a joke. Likewise @CNN. Sad!” He also tweeted, “Don’t believe the main stream (fake news) media.The White House is running VERY WELL. I inherited a MESS and am in the process of fixing it.”
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The White House Correspondents’ Association, which organizes the dinner, insisted the April 29 event would still go on as planned as 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,” WHCA president Jeff Mason, who covers the White House for Reuters, said in a statement.
The tradition, which dates back to 1921, sees a handful of journalism students receive scholarships each year.
Trump’s tweet came a day after he renewed his assault on the media by calling it “the enemy of the people,” in an ongoing battle in which he has labeled the fourth estate “fake news” and the “opposition party.”
On Friday, the White House also denied access to an off-camera briefing to several major US media outlets, including CNN, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and Politico.
Smaller outlets that have provided favorable coverage of the Trump administration, such as Breitbart and the One America News Network, received a green light to attend the so-called “gaggle” in White House spokesman Sean Spicer’s office.
The White House Correspondents’ Association said it was “protesting strongly” against the decision to deny coverage to the outlets, and would bring it up with the administration.