President Trump tweets non-attendance at White House Correspondents’ dinner

President Trump tweets non-attendance at White House Correspondents’ dinner

President Trump tweets non-attendance at White House Correspondents’ dinner

Written by Tharushan Fernando

26 Feb, 2017 | 10:21 am

President Donald Trump announces that he will not attend the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.

The White House Correspondents’ Association’s (WHCA) annual dinner, begun in 1921, has become a Washington D.C tradition and is usually attended by the president and vice president.Fifteen presidents have attended at least one WHCA dinner, beginning with Calvin Coolidge in 1924. The dinner is traditionally held on the evening of the last Saturday in April at the Washington Hilton.

The April 29th event hosts a crowd of Celebrities, journalists and politicians, normally including the US president.

The announcement comes following the Presidents move to exclude several major broadcasters and newspapers from a press briefing which he has described as “fake news”

On Friday, the BBC, CNN, Buzzfeed and the New York Times were among media groups barred from an off-camera informal briefing held by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

 

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