Trump to skip me­dia din­ner

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, who lately has sharp­ened his crit­i­cism of the news me­dia, said Satur­day that he won’t be at­tend­ing the White House Cor­re­spon­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion din­ner.

The event — an an­nual fundraiser for col­lege schol­ar­ships and a venue for jour­nal­ism awards — mixes politi­cians, jour­nal­ists and celebri­ties and typ­i­cally fea­tures re­marks by a co­me­dian, of­ten roast­ing the pres­i­dent, and a hu­mor­ous ad­dress by the pres­i­dent him­self, of­ten roast­ing the press and po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents.

In a tweet Satur­day, Trump wrote: “I will not be at­tend­ing the White House Cor­re­spon­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion Din­ner this year. Please wish ev­ery­one well and have a great evening!” He gave no rea­son for not at­tend­ing the April 29 event.

Since tak­ing of­fice, Trump has stepped up his crit­i­cism by ac­cus­ing some prom­i­nent news outlets of pub­lish­ing “fake news” and calling them “the en­emy” of the Amer­i­can peo­ple.

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