Trump on the WHCA Dinner: “I Will Not Be Attending”

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Sadie Neville, Co-Editor in Chief

President Donald Trump has made a lot of headlines since his inauguration mid-January. But one of the most recent headlines revolves around his Feb. 25 Tweet, stating that he would not be in attendance to the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) Dinner on Apr. 29.

 

The WHCA Dinner is an annual collection of the organization of journalists who cover the White House and POTUS, or President of the United States. The event is a black-tie ordeal to raise money for journalism scholarships and is traditionally attended by the president and covered by news media companies nationally.

 

President Trump will be the first commander-in-chief to miss the convention in 36 years. According to CNN, Ronald Reagan was the last not in attendance, as he was recovering from an assassination attempt in 1981. However, “he still delivered remarks by phone.”

 

White House Correspondent’s Association President, Jeff Mason told CNN that he was not surprised by Trump’s boycott. However, he appeared unfazed as he stressed that the Association will continue to “do [their] job and write the news and tell the truth about this administration, as [they] have done about every administration before.”

 

“It’s up to him to decide whether or not he wants to come,” Mason remarked.

 

White House spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders acknowledged Trump’s frustrations towards the media in saying, “I think it’s kind of naive of us to think that we can all walk into a room for a couple of hours and pretend that some of that tension isn’t there.”

 

Some believe that the President may be skipping the dinner on account of his humiliation at the 2011 Dinner. Barack Obama mocked Trump over the release of his birth certificate, proving Trump’s claim that Obama was not born in the United States, false.

 

“No one is happier, no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than the Donald. That’s because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter, like: Did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?,” Obama joked.

 

It has not been released whether First Lady Melania Trump or Vice President Mike Pence will be in attendance, but viewers can surely not expect to see the POTUS.