The White House Correspondents Dinner is an event specifically catering to the media, where they get together with celebrities and politicians and have a good time, tell jokes and typically roast the President. It’s typically meant to be in good fun. The President traditionally attends this event, but it’s not unheard of for them to miss it. There are Presidents that have skipped it in the past and it has been cancelled or downscaled due to times of hardship, like World War II. President Donald Trump has filled his first month in office with work, keeping in mind his campaign promises in an attempt to usher in new change and a break from the friendliness with the media that was created with the Obama Administration.
From The Blaze:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy White House press secretary, said on ABC News that Trump’s job as president isn’t to hobnob with reporters and celebrities. Instead, Trump’s job is to serve the American people, she explained. “This wasn’t a president that was elected to spend his time with reporters and celebrities,” Huckabee Sanders said. “This is a president who campaigned on speaking directly to Americans, and that’s what he’s going to spend his time doing.”
The reporters have definitely been trying to drag President Trump through the mud. They’ve been calling for his impeachment and proudly filling the air with ‘fake news.’ It comes as no surprise that the POTUS does not want to jump through their hoops any more. This analogy by Sanders really puts things into perspective:
“You know, one of the things we say in the South: If a Girl Scout egged your house, would you buy cookies from her? I think that this is a pretty similar scenario. There’s no reason for him to go in and sit and pretend like this is going to be just another Saturday night,” she said.