Trump to skip White House press dinner

Aide: Pres­i­dent not elected to spend time with re­porters, celebs

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

The White House says that when Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump skips the White House Correspondents’ As­so­ci­a­tion dinner, ex­pect him to spend that Sat­ur­day night in April “fo­cused on what he can to do to help bet­ter Amer­ica.’’

The dinner at­tracts politi­cians, jour­nal­ists and celebri­ties and is typ­i­cally at­tended by the pres­i­dent, who’s of­ten roasted.

Trump isn’t say­ing why he won’t be there. He has railed against “the fake news me­dia,’’ say­ing it is “the en­emy of the Amer­i­can peo­ple.’’

Spokes­woman Sarah Huck­abee San­ders says 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.’’

She told ABC’s “This Week’’ that Trump wasn’t elected “to spend his time with re­porters and celebri­ties.’’

AP PHOTO

In this photo Don­ald Trump, left, and Me­la­nia Trump ar­rive for the White House Correspondents Dinner in Wash­ing­ton. Trump says he won’t be at­tend­ing the an­nual White House Correspondents’ As­so­ci­a­tion dinner this spring.

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