Hasan Minhaj picked to perform at Trump-free dinner
Comedian Hasan Minhaj of “The Daily Show” has been chosen as entertainer for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner later this month, the association’s president announced Tuesday.
But Mr. Minhaj, a stand-up comedian who has blasted President Trump’s proposed immigration order barring travelers from several mostly Muslim countries, won’t share the dais with the president, who is skipping the event.
“I am thrilled that Hasan will serve as our featured entertainer at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” said Jeff Mason, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. “Hasan’s smarts, big heart and passion for press freedom make him the perfect fit for our event.”
After feuding with the media during his campaign and the early phase of his presidency, Mr. Trump announced he won’t attend the annual dinner. White House staffers, who also usually attend the event, have decided to skip it in solidarity with the president.
Mr. Minhaj also hosted last year’s Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington.
“It is a tremendous honor to be a part of such a historic event even though the president has chosen not to attend this year. SAD!,” Mr. Minhaj said in a statement.
Watergate journalists Bob Woodwad and Carl Bernstein also will speak at the dinner and present awards.
Comedian and “The Daily Show” contributor Hasan Minhaj has been chosen to speak and deliver jests at this year’s annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner on April 29.