US President Donald Trump has further alienated mainstream media today by tweeting that he will not be attending the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017
Traditionally the dinner is a light-hearted affair where the media who cover politics in America gather to roast each other and the President.
The President then takes the stage to offer the same treatment to them.
In fact, it is believed to be Obama’s comedy routine at the expense of Trump during the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner which helped him make his decision to enter the world of politics and run in 2016.
The refusal to appear at the dinner marks the first time a sitting President will not be attending in over thirty years when then-President Ronald Reagan was not able to attend due to the fact he was recovering from a bullet wound received in an assassination attempt.
Even though he couldn’t make it, Reagan still managed to pre-record a phone message for the event where he quipped “If I could give you just one little bit of advice, when somebody tells you to get in a car quick, do it.”
Trump’s decision not to attend the event drew a quick response from the White House Correspondent Association President Jeff Mason.
“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.”
The White House Correspondents’ Dinner will take place on April 29th in Washington D.C, minus one very special guest.