Trump To Skip White House Correspondents Dinner, Hold Rally Instead

White House Correspondents' Dinner: President Donald Trump to skip

White House Correspondents' Dinner: President Donald Trump to skip "boring" White House Correspondents' Dinner for third year in a row

In a pool spray outside the White House Friday ahead of his trip to the U.S. -Mexico border, the president announced plans to hold a MAGA rally instead of the event, as he considers the dinner to be "too negative".

Last year, Trump held a rally in MI on the night of the dinner, and the year before he spoke with his supporters in Pennsylvania.

Trump is criticizing the dinner as he departs the White House en route to California, telling reporters he doesn't want to attend "because the dinner is so boring and so negative". This will be his third year in a row skipping the annual gathering of journalists, celebrities and big names in politics. But the correspondents' dinner is too negative. Last year, comic Michelle Wolf did the honors and pulled few punches - including digs at White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders that drew criticism from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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"The White House Correspondents' Association has asked me to make the case for the First Amendment and I am happy to oblige", Chernow said about his upcoming remarks. The shift piqued Trump's interest at the time.

Previous year the correspondents' dinner ran into controversy when the keynote speaker, comedian Michelle Wolf, tore into White House staff, especially press secretary Sarah Sanders, with what some took to be heavy handed and offensive jokes. "Good first step in comeback of a dying evening and tradition!"

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