Donald Trump once again won't attend White House Correspondents' Dinner

Trump suggested he will "probably" skip the feast, like he did past year, as he kept up his continued assault on what he sees as negative coverage of his tenure in the Oval Office.

"The message underscoring it is one of participation this year, and I think that's a good thing", Talev said Friday, reports Politico.

"They're like novelists. I call them novelists", Trump said. "In many cases they literally make up sources".

Reagan, of course, was recovering from an assassination attempt when he skipped the dinner that year. Just hours after the WHCA announced the president's decision, he tweeted, "Do people really believe this stuff?"

White House staff members also did not attend the 2017 event out of reported "solidarity" with the president.

In a radio interview with "Bernie and Sid in the Morning", which aired Friday, he described the press as "so bad, it's so fake".

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.

President Donald Trump will refuse to participate in the annual event, making this the second time he does so.

Since taking up the presidency, Trump has strongly favoured news outlets that provide glowing coverage such as Fox News, The Daily Caller, Newsmax.

A spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council said the delay was not tied to the tensions over Qatar, adding that, "President Trump is committed to resolving the Gulf dispute this month".

Talev said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders will attend to represent the administration at the head table. In 2011, former President Barack Obama and comedian Seth Meyers both used their speeches to poke fun at then-reality TV personality Trump. He did, however, telephone well wishes and a few jokes during the dinner. "I'm very excited to come here and ruin your evening in person".

  • Tracy Klein