Trump Breaks Annual Tradition: Will Not Attend White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Washington (AFP) – Donald Trump said Saturday he will not attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, breaking with an annual tradition in which the US president is the guest of honor at a light-hearted roast held by journalists.

“I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!” Trump tweeted about the event, which is also heavily attended by celebrities.

Why should he?

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  • Brett_McS

    Is Alec Baldwin available?

  • Dana Garcia

    Why don’t the correspondents invite Obama? He loves an appreciative audience and it would be like old times.

  • lgeubank

    A “light-hearted roast”? Who are they kidding? It’s a chance for smug, sanctimonious guttersnipes to take a series of vicious cheap shots at their sworn enemy. Why should any self-respecting person subject himself to that?

    Republicans and traditionalist Americans have made themselves saps and fall guys for those hyenas for too long.

    • kkruger71

      Yeah, normally there’s a bit of give and take at this, but I highly doubt it would happen this time.
      When you are in full attack mode calling him the next Hitler seriously it’s hard to see how you can go to funny light-hearted jabs.

  • Millie_Woods

    No fair! Trump keeps stealing the cheese from the trap.

  • canminuteman

    They hate his guts, lie about everything he says, spend their days plotting against him and fantasize about assassinating him. I think I could find other people I would rather spend a night with.

    They hate him so much it might have been his security detail that decided it was unsafe.

  • BillyHW

    He just keeps winning, and winning, and winning…

  • Hard Little Machine

    Nixon, Carter and Reagan all refused to attend or were unable to attend.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Reagan only skipped one and that was the one where he was recovering from that assassination attempt.
      That was a different time.
      I hope this year the entire room catches fire with the press locked inside.

  • andycanuck

    Bush 43 never got cut any slack no matter how self-deprecating his jokes; and they still called him Hitler. Screw it.