White House Correspondents Association Replies To Trump's Declining Annual Dinner
- Author: Arturo Norris Feb 28, 2017,
Feb 28, 2017, 16:27
The annual, celebrity-studded WHCA dinner has always been criticized as a display of too-cozy relations between the media and people they are supposed to cover fairly and critically.
Every sitting president since 1924 has attended the correspondents' dinner at least once, according to the New York Times.
Trump's cancelation comes after the White House denied access Friday to an off-camera briefing to several major U.S. media outlets, including CNN and The New York Times.
The Joint Address to Congress will be Trump's first presidential prime-time address to the nation.
On Thursday at CPAC, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon damned the media for how it "portrayed the campaign, how they portrayed the transition and now they're portraying the administration".
The tradition of holding an annual dinner with representatives of the White House Correspondents Association appeared in 1920.
"This budget will be a public safety and national security budget", Trump said at a bipartisan gathering of USA governors at the White House Monday, vowing substantial increases in defense, law enforcement and infrastructure spending.
The glitzy event draws celebrities, journalists and politicians, normally including the United States president.
The Associated Press boycotted the event in protest at the exclusions, which included The Los Angeles Times and Politico.
"It gives you the right, and me the right, to criticize fake news".
On Saturday, he took to social media to announce he won't be attending the April 29th black-tie dinner which raises money for journalism scholarships.
In an interview with Fox News political show Fox and Friends, Trump said the unprecedented move to avoid the dinner was because it would be "inappropriate" given his feud with the media.
Congress is not mandated to follow Trump's budget plan and in the coming weeks Republicans on Capitol Hill are expected to call administration officials to Congress to explain their proposal.
Trump's announcement came days after Bloomberg magazine canceled the annual after-party that it has hosted with Conde Nast's Vanity Fair.
Recent relations between US President Trump and US media leave much to be desired.