It’s only three days until the top journalists and policymakers celebrate the white house press corps but the leader of the free world will be in Harrisburg, PA holding a rally that evening. President Donald Trump has previously announced he will not attend this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Instead, he recently announced he will host a rally in Pennsylvania the night of April 29th.
The White House would not offer details on rally details such as venue or topic. According to Trump’s campaign website, the rally will take place in Harrisburg at 7:30 PM.
President Trump has taken an adversarial tone toward many in the mainstream media, including calling network news channels and print publications “fake news.” No member of the White House staff will attend this year’s Correspondents’ Dinner in “solidarity” with the president.
The White House Correspondents’ Dinner will take place on Saturday at the Washington Hilton, annually drawing more than 2,000 reporters, celebrities and politicians. Trump will be the first sitting president not in attendance since Ronald Reagan was recovering from an assassination attempt in 1981.
“The Daily Show’s” Hasan Minjah will be the featured performer at this year’s dinner, and legendary reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein will present journalism awards. Proceeds from the dinner will fund scholarships for exceptional journalism students.