Trump to propose $54B increase in defense budget

The President confirmed this today via his favourite medium of Twitter, and wishing everyone concerned a "great evening". The Washington event typically draws movie stars, politicians and business leaders to hear a humorous speech by the sitting president.

By using the social media site, the president took the news directly to the public and went around the press in another symbolic jab at media outlets.

Trump has attended as a guest at the ritzy annual affair-and been the butt of jokes from the dais-but this would have been his first time as the center of attention. "But look, this wasn't a president who was elected to spend his time with reporters and celebrities, this was a president who campaigned on speaking directly to Americans and that's exactly what he's going to spend his time doing".

Trump will be the first president to skip the dinner in 36 years; the only presidents who didn't attend in the past have been Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, who was recovering from an assassination attempt. Several news outlets publicly stated they were rethinking their attendance at the dinner amid Trump's unprecedented attack on the news media.

On Friday, the White House excluded several major United States news organizations, including some it has criticized, from an off-camera briefing held by the White House press secretary.

On Monday, the press conference ban hit another group - Democratic governors, who were at the White House to attend a meeting with Trump, followed by a question-and-answer session with press outside the West Wing.

But the association still plans to host the event, which raises money for scholarships for young journalists, just as it has every year since 1921.

Trump's tweet came a day after he renewed his assault on the media by calling it "the enemy of the people", in an ongoing battle in which he has labeled the fourth estate "fake news" and the "opposition party". "I think you'll like what you hear", Trump said.

He said "fake news" was the "enemy of the people". Spicer extended an invitation to a handful of conservative news outlets, like Breitbart, while blocking those whose coverage had not flattered the president.

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