Trump Thrice Snubs Press Correspondents’ Dinner
As the even moves away from a comedic affair, the President has chosen to still remain at a distance.
President Trump won’t likely be accused of being your “average” President anytime soon.
From the moment that Donald Trump stepped onto the national political stage, he has been an outlier. His lack of traditional experience in the Washington world has been both a bane and a boon for the business mogul, who at times has completely eviscerated his political opponents by ignoring the rules of The Beltway.
At other times, however, the old guard has been more than effective, swatting away the President’s attempts to “drain the swamp”.
Among the peculiarities that define Trump is his disdain for the mainstream media, in all of its forms. This includes his reluctance to attend the White House Press Correspondents’ dinner; a Trump tradition now entering its third year.
President Trump announced that he will be skipping the annual White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) dinner in Washington later this month and will hold a campaign rally instead. This will be his third year in a row skipping the annual gathering of journalists, celebrities and big names in politics.
Speaking to reporters at the White House on Friday, Mr. Trump said the dinner was “so boring” and “too negative.” Last year’s entertainment at the WHCA dinner, comedian Michelle Wolf, was criticized by the Trump administration and members of the press after she mocked Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and her appearance.
The WHCA will be going a different route this year, by tapping Ron Chernow, a biographer of American presidents and statesmen, to be the featured speaker at the annual dinner on Saturday, April 27, 2019.
In years past, the WHCA has been hosted by comedians or comedic actors who treat the event much like a Friar’s Club roast.
While once a jovial affair, recent events in the Trump era have been a bit more awkward, with hosts going out of their way to lambast the Commander in Chief.
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