26 February 2017
U.S. President Donal Trump on Saturday took to twitter to announce that he won’t be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.
Trump will be the first to avoid the event since Ronald Reagan – who was recovering from an assassination attempt, a good enough reason to boycott it.
Trump who compared to Reagan has no good reason to avoid the dinner has taken an aggressive stance towards the media, calling them “the enemy of the people” and decrying accurate coverage as “fake news”.
Now, he will not attend the annual White House party on 29 April, which some media organisations were considering boycotting because of Mr. Trump’s attacks on the media.
The White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) released a statement in response to the President’s remarks.
Jeff Mason, WHCA president said: “The White House Correspondents Association looks forward to having its annual dinner on April 29.
“The WHCA takes note of President Donald Trump’s announcement on Twitter that he does not plan to attend the dinner, which has been and will continue to be a celebration of the First Amendment and the important role played by an independent news media in a healthy republic.
“We look forward to shining a spotlight at the dinner on some of the best political journalism of the past year and recognising the promising students who represent the next generation of our profession.”
Earlier this week, the White House banned a number of news organisations from a press briefing, causing uproar among press freedom advocates.