Trump announces on Twitter he will not attend White House Correspondents' dinner

President Donald Trump said on Twitter Saturday that he is not attending the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner.

Washington is going to feel like a ghost town on the night of the traditional White House Correspondents' Dinner.

"Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!" he tweeted Saturday afternoon.

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Nicknamed "Nerd Prom", the White House Correspondents' dinner is a bi-partisan event that typically sees a popular comedian as host, often making jokes at the expense of the sitting president and other politicians who are in the room.

The relationship between the press and Trump's White House has been strained. Bloomberg L.P., Vanity Fair and The New Yorker ditched the glitzy affairs they usually stage. The president attends each year.

President Trump's decision to abandon the glitzy gala isn't surprising given his contempt for the press. This week, Buzzfeed reported that another favourite target of Trump's, CNN, was considering pulling out as well.

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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.

In January, Trump skipped the Alfalfa Club dinner, another key event in the social calendar of a city to which the president is happy to pose as an outsider. Meanwhile, CNN is still apparently sticking to its guns, weathering accusations of fake newsery and planning to hold its annual party; ditto The Atlantic and CBS News.

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