President Trump to skip White House correspondents' dinner

US President Donald Trump has said that he will not attend the White House Correspondents' Association dinner on 29 April.

President Trump to skip White House correspondents

US President Donald Trump has said that he will not attend the White House Correspondents' Association dinner on 29 April.

He tweeted, "I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!"

Shortly after Trump's tweet, the president of the White House Correspondents' Association, which sponsors the annual event, said in an email that the dinner would take place even without Trump's attendance.


The glitzy event draws celebrities, journalists and politicians, normally including the US president.

Trump's decision came a day after the White House excluded several major broadcasters and newspapers from a press briefing.

"[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," WHCA president Jeff Mason said. "We look forward to shining a spotlight at the dinner on some of the best political journalism of the past year and recognising the promising students who represent the next generation of our profession," he added.

The relations between the White House and some media outlets continue to deteriorate. On Friday, the BBC, CNN, Buzzfeed and the New York Times were among media groups barred from an off-camera informal briefing held by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

Hours before the briefing, Trump had delivered a strong attack on what he called "fake news" in the media, targeting stories with unnamed sources.