Donald Trump announced Saturday that he’s skipping the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.
“I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year,” Trump tweeted. “Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!”
Multiple media outlets including Bloomberg News, Vanity Fair, and the New Yorker had canceled attending and its annual after events. CNN, MSNBC, and other mainstream news media outlets and independent journalists are among those still deciding whether to attend especially after the Trump’s White House treatment of many mainstream media outlets that report unflattering news about the current administration.
Association president Jeff Mason said the dinner will still go on.
“The White House Correspondents’ Association looks forward to having its annual dinner on April 29,” Mason said in a statement. “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.”
Since Calvin Coolidge graced the dinner in 1924, every President has attended.