After weeks of toying with the idea of attending this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, President Donald Trump has decided to pass. Trump, whose last appearance at the dinner was in 2011 as a civilian, is sending White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in his place. This year’s Correspondents’ Dinner is set to take place on April 28th.
White House Correspondents Association President and Bloomberg News White House reporter Margaret Talev released a statement saying, “The White House has informed us that the president does not plan to participate in this year’s dinner but that he will actively encourage members of the executive branch to attend and join us as we celebrate the First Amendment. In keeping with tradition, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also will represent the administration at the head table. The April 28 dinner celebrates award-winning reporting, scholarship winners and the vital role of the First Amendment and the free press in American democracy.”