It’s no secret that President Donald Trump has a bit of a sour relationship with some of the media. It began on the campaign trail to the White House when several media outlets treated him unfairly and even printed fake news about him.
So it’s not hard to see why he wouldn’t want to spend an evening with a whole room full of them at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. The WHCD dinner, which has been traditional since 1920, is a special occasion where the media, politicians, and celebrities, get together and tell jokes, often poking fun of the President.
President Trump took to Twitter this week to officially announce that he would not be attending the event.
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
White House Correspondents’ Association president Jeff Mason responded to Trump’s tweet with a brief statement:
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 recognizing the promising students who represent the next generation of our profession.
Deputy White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, gave more reasoning for Trump’s decision to skip the dinner. She told ABC News that…
“This wasn’t a president that was elected to spend his time with reporters and celebrities,” Huckabee Sanders said. “This is a president who campaigned on speaking directly to Americans, and that’s what he’s going to spend his time doing.”
Trump has been 100% focused since he took office, his only goals are to keep the promises he made during his campaign. President Trump isn’t concerned with making friends with celebrities and reporters. This is quite the change from the behavior and lifestyle the Obama’s led while living in the White House.
Sanders went on to say that there is no point in pretending there weren’t tensions with the media.
“You know, one of the things we say in the South: If a Girl Scout egged your house, would you buy cookies from her? I think that this is a pretty similar scenario. There’s no reason for him to go in and sit and pretend like this is going to be just another Saturday night,” she said.
It’s clear that Trump has his head in the game and isn’t going to let anything slow him down or distract him. Good for you President Trump, you will get the last laugh.
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