Donald Trump announced plans to attend this year’s annual Gridiron Party on Tuesday, February 20th, which is set to take place in March. The decision to participate in this year’s event comes at a point when coverage of the President is combative at best. Last year, the administration decided to attend the off-the-record Gridiron Party in lieu of the more illustrious White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
David Lightman, a national correspondent for McClatchy and president of the Gridiron Club, stated that the president’s attendance at the dinner is simply keeping with tradition. “He’s the president of the United States, and we always invite the president.”
It is also worth noting that Trump has not ruled out attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “no decision has been made regarding the WHCA dinner,” in response to the Daily Mail article stating that Trump plans on attending the Correspondents’ Dinner, which is set to happen this April.