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09 April 2018, 12:30 | Katrina Lee
Trump won't attend White House Correspondents dinner this year as well
Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter both skipped multiple correspondents' dinners, but after Reagan's assassination attempt, United States presidents attended every dinner for 36 consecutive years.
(The Gipper called in from his hospital bed.) There was buzz around a Trump appearance at this year's event after he delivered a monologue at the Gridiron Club gala in March, but that event was not televised.
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President Donald Trump is skipping the White House Correspondents' Dinner again, the association that organizes the annual event confirmed Friday. "So I just think I want to get it straightened out with the press before I do it". I mean, "sources say" and they have no sources.
President Trump told "Bernie & Sid in the Morning" on 77-WABC in NY during a phone interview on Friday morning that it's "unlikely" he will "do the White House correspondents' dinner this year", before adding the news media is "so bad and so fake".
The president's decision did not come as much of a surprise. Trump was mocked in 2011 by the then president Barack Obama and the comedian who turned up for the day - Seth Meyers.
"It's been a really calm week at the White House", Trump deadpanned after a flurry of departures and other controversies rocked the White House.
Mr. Trump's nine-minute appearance on WABC was not exactly an outlier when it comes to high-ranking administration officials making time for local NY programming.
Among his quips: "I was very excited to receive this invitation and ruin your evening in person".
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