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Nah, I'll Pass: Trump Declines Invite to White House Correspondents' Dinner—Again

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For the third year in a row, Donald Trump has decided to skip the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, saying the event is “boring” and “too negative.”


“I like positive things,” the president told reporters Friday, CBS reports, stating that instead of going to the April 27 black-tie affair, he’ll again hold a rally.


“Positive things”? This from the crown prince of petty? (For proof, note exhibits 1, 2 and 3.)

Yes, the correspondents dinner has always been a media roast of sorts of whomever holds the highest office in the land, aka the president of the United States.

Last year, when Trump also skipped the festivities, keynote speaker and comedian Michelle Wolf hit his stand-in, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, so hard, it garnered criticisms from both the right and the left.


So this year, the WHCA decided to forgo the comedians and instead go with White House historian Ron Chernow as the keynote speaker, USA Today reports.

But it would seem that’s not safe good enough for Trump. And so, he’ll continue to be the only president to skip the dinner other than Ronald Reagan — when he was recuperating from an assassination attemptand will instead be the headliner at one of his beloved rallies.


“We have about three sites,” Trump told reporters of the yet-to-be-decided location of the rally. “Everybody wants it, it’ll be a big one.”

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This even shouldn’t even exist. Access journalism is part of the reason we are here. After all of the enemy of the people nonsense these reporters still want to have their nerd prom with White House staff.