President Trump had already said he wouldn't attend the White House Correspondent Association Dinner this year. Today his staff said none of them will attend either.
"The WHCA board regrets this decision very much. We have worked hard to build a constructive relationship with the Trump White House and believe strongly that this goal is possible even with the natural tension between the press and administrations that is a hallmark of a healthy republic. We made clear in our meeting tonight that President Trump, Vice President Pence, and White House staff continue to be welcome to join us at this dinner.”(Politico.com).
But as Politico reports, the administration isn't the only team not atttending. Some of the big parties are cancelled, the comedian entertainer hasn't been named yet, and some in DC are holding competing events
This year’s WHCD will look a lot different than past dinners. Many of the high-profile events surrounding the dinner, hosted by the likes of Vanity Fair, Bloomberg, The New Yorker, and Time/People magazines have been canceled. Some outlets are not attending, while others are inviting journalism students instead of politicos and celebrities.
The event is known as the "Nerdprom" to many in DC and one our Talk Media News team members, Patrick Gavin, made a documentary about it couple years ago.
He and I discussed the dinner on today's Watchdog Morning Show.