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Donald Trump says he won’t attend White House Correspondents’ Dinner

At least he gave two month's notice.


Josh Katzowitz


Posted on Feb 25, 2017   Updated on May 24, 2021, 10:37 pm CDT

With questions about the future of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and how President Donald Trump would handle what is usually a lighthearted evening of making fun of the Washington press corps and the establishment in general, Trump gave his definitive answer on Saturday evening.

He’s not going.

Even before his announcement, the April 29 dinner seemed on shaky ground. Samantha Bee had already announced a competing event, and considering Trump’s animosity with a press corps that he calls “fake news” and the “enemy of the people,” it surely would have made the evening an uncomfortable one.

On Friday, Bloomberg also announced it would not host an after-party, following Vanity Fair’s decision to do the same earlier this month. 

But the dinner won’t be canceled. 

And at least one CNN viewer had a good idea for a Trump replacement. 

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*First Published: Feb 25, 2017, 11:18 am CST