Donald Trump won't attend the Correspondent's Dinner

The dinner takes place on the 29th of April

Donald Trump recently announced that he won't be attending the Correspondent's Dinner later this year. 

The announcement marks a break with an annual tradition where the US president is the guest of honour.

It comes off the back of Mr Trump lashing out at some media outlets, calling them "fake news" and "the enemy of the people".

In a tweet Donald Trump said "I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!."


The annual dinner is a light-hearted roast held by journalists and attended by celebrities. This year it will be held on the 29th of April in Washington.

Some news outlets such as Bloomberg News and The New Yorker, which usually host lavish after-parties, have already backed out from the event. 

Jeff Mason, a Reuters White House correspondent who heads the association this year said that the dinner "has been and will continue to be a celebration of the First Amendment and the important role played by an independent news media in a healthy republic."

On Friday, the White House excluded several major US news organisations from an off-camera briefing held by the White House press secretary.

Reporters for CNN, The New York Times, Politico, The Los Angeles Times and BuzzFeed were not allowed into the session in the office of press secretary Sean Spicer, a decision that drew strong protests and led some to boycott the briefing.