09 April, 2018
In a radio interview with "Bernie and Sid in the Morning", which aired Friday, he described the press as "so bad, it's so fake". "I call them novelists". "So it's probably unlikely I'll do it".
This is the second year in a row that Trump will be skipping the WHCD dinner.
The annual event is ostensibly held to celebrate the First Amendment and award scholarships to promising journalism students, but is generally overshadowed by its reputation as a glitzy social event.
The decision is no surprise given Trump's relationship with the media.
But in 2017, Trump, who frequently complains about media coverage of his administration, said he would sit out the event, adding that reporters had treated him unfairly.
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The televised event requires the president to smile through remarks by a comedian - who typically roasts the president - as well as deliver a humorous address, teasing the press and political opponents. 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.
Cabinet members and staffers are also free to attend, a message welcomed by West Wing aides who were forced to sit out the celebrations past year.
Donald Trump, then the Republican presidential nominee, laughs with wife Melania during the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in 2016.
But offering an indication that he's not completely unwilling to go along with social traditions, Trump did attend this year's Gridiron dinner, a far smaller gathering of a club made up of top Washington journalists. "I'm very excited to come here and ruin your evening in person".