I "probably" won't attend White House Correspondent's Dinner
09 April, 2018, 00:27 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
Talev said that while Trump would not attend the dinner, the White House had said the president would "actively encourage members of the executive branch to attend and join us as we celebrate the First Amendment", which guarantees freedom of speech. "So it's probably unlikely I'll do it".
Mr. Trump's absence from last year's dinner was the first presidential no-show since Ronald Reagan, ailing from a gunshot wound, skipped it in 1981.
The dinner, an annual feature in Washington since 1921, is billed as a celebration of the First Amendment.
Trump has lambasted liberal media outlets, including The New York Times, CNN, ABC, and NBC for dishonest coverage of his campaign and presidency.
However, considering Donald Trump's a joke all the time - not just on the evening of the White House Correspodents' Dinner - it makes sense that he's not going. Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter both skipped multiple correspondents' dinners, but after Reagan's assassination attempt, United States presidents attended every dinner for 36 consecutive years.
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Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will take the President's place and represent the administration, officials told the group. And unlike a year ago, she said, the president wouldn't discourage other administration officials from attending.
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Donald Trump, then the Republican presidential nominee, laughs with wife Melania during the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in 2016.
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