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For the second year in a row, President Trump will skip the annual White House Correspondents Dinner.
Statement on President and WHCA Dinner pic.twitter.com/WiemgnIvcq
— WHCA (@whca) April 6, 2018
“The White House has informed us that the president does not plan to participate in this year’s dinner, but that he will actively encourage members of the executive branch to attend and join us as we celebrate the First Amendment,” WHCA President Margaret Talev said in a statement.
“The April 28 dinner celebrates award-winning reporting, scholarship winners and the vital role of the First Amendment and the free press in American Democracy,” WHCA’s Talev tweeted in a statement.
Talev also revealed White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders would be representing the Trump Administration.
The news comes just hours after President Trump told Bernie & Sid in the Morning on 77 WABC, “It’s probably pretty unlikely I will do the White House Correspondents dinner this year,” calling the national news media, “so bad and so fake.”