Hasan Min­haj picked to per­form at Trump-free din­ner

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Dave Boyer

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.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

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.

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