Trump to skip White House Correspondents Dinner - again

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US President Donald Trump, who has feuded with several media personalities and organisations, will not attend the White House Correspondents' Association annual black-tie dinner for the second straight year, the president of the group says.

The White House provided a statement to CNN confirming the news, but said other members of the administration would be present, including Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

"I probably won't do it", he said in a radio interview on WABC that aired Friday morning.

"I sort of feel like the press is so bad, and so fake", he added.

The event is typically a cozy mix of journalists and politicians, but during the first year of the Trump administration, it turned into an event for press freedoms.

The decision was unsurprising given Mr Trump's strained relationship with the media.


Donald Trump attends the 101st Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 25th, 2015 in Washington, DC.

If he attended, Trump would likely be a prime target of jokes, with the camera showing his reaction to one-liners.

"So much of the media is dishonest and corrupt!" he wrote. Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter both skipped multiple correspondents' dinners, but after Reagan's assassination attempt, United States presidents attended every dinner for 36 consecutive years. The entirety of the White House staff also opted to boycott it that year.

CNN's Wolf Blitzer is also set to receive an award for his report a year ago about intelligence chiefs briefing Trump on an unverified dossier full of bombastic claims. During his first 60 days in office, media reports on Trump were three times more negative than Barack Obama and twice as negative as coverage of presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, according to the Pew Research Center.

The Trump administration is postponing until September a summit with Gulf Arab leaders that had been planned for this spring amid an ongoing dispute between Qatar and other USA allies in the region, according to five U.S. officials.

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