Trump Will Skip White House Correspondents Association Dinner Again

And unlike previous year, when members of the Trump administration also skipped the dinner in solidarity with their boss, Trump "will actively encourage" executive branch folks to go, Talev said.

"The White House has informed us that the president does not plan to participate in this year's dinner", Margaret Talev, the president of the White House Correspondents' Association, said in a statement.

The annual event is ostensibly held to celebrate the First Amendment and award scholarships to promising journalism students, but is generally overshadowed by its reputation as a glitzy social event.

Trump regularly accuses major media organisations such as CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post of bias, and he organised a rally of supporters on the same evening as last year's dinner.

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"I call them novelists", he said, accusing members of the press of sometimes making up sources.

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But in 2017, Trump, who frequently complains about media coverage of his administration, said he would sit out the event, adding that reporters had treated him unfairly.

Trump did attend the annual Gridiron Club Dinner earlier this year, delivering a speech at the annual white-tie affair featuring journalists and officials.

The president's decision did not come as much of a surprise. He also declined an invite past year.

Trump was the first US President not to attend the event since Ronald Reagan skipped it in 1981 when he was recovering from an assassination attempt - but still managed to phone in to the event from his hospital bed.

"Donald Trump has been saying that he will run for President as a Republican - which is surprising, since I just assumed that he was running as a joke", Meyers told the crowd.

CNN's Wolf Blitzer is also set to receive an award for his report past year about intelligence chiefs briefing Trump on an unverified dossier full of bombastic claims.

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