President Trump to skip White House correspondent's dinner

The dinner is traditionally attended by the President and the First Lady as well as other senior government officials and members of the press corps, according to the White House Correspondent Association.

President Donald Trump on Saturday announced via Twitter that he won't be attending the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

The annual White House Correspondents Dinner is an evening for journalists to eat and enjoy one another's company. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news.

The crumbling of the usually good-natured event comes as the president continues ramping up his battle with the press, calling "fake news" the "enemy" of the American people and condemning the use of anonymous sources.

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On Friday, several major news outlets, including CNN and The New York Times, were excluded from a briefing with Spicer.

On Friday, Bloomberg also announced it would not host an after-party, following Vanity Fair's decision to do the same earlier this month. The president attends each year. A great danger to our country!

Ronald Reagan did not attend in 1981 - after being shot - and Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon did not always sit down for dinner.

Fascinatingly, as Trump advisor Omarosa Manigault noted in this Frontline segment, Obama's barbs essentially drove Trump to run for president.

  • Phil Peters