President Donald Trump released an announcement Saturday saying he won’t be attending the White House’s annual Correspondents Association dinner, an event that is in high-profile among politicians, celebrities, and journalists.
“I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!” Trump posted on Twitter.
Traditions and Event
Traditionally the United States presidents have been guests of honour in the events of the evening, and are often subject to mocking by a comedian invited to “roast” the president.
However, President Trump has had a recently strained dynamic with press after he called journalists “the enemy of the people”, and has frequently criticized publications and reporters that provided coverage he doesn’t like.
After he decided to shun the annual event, people throughout the nation began calling for actor and comedian Alec Baldwin, who often, especially recently, imitates Trump on popular comedy show Saturday Night Live, to be his replacement.
“Time to suit up,” said Zach Braff, Scrubs actor, to Baldwin, as songwriter Diane Warren also said: “Oh pleeeeeez Alec Baldwin go as trump at Correspondents Dinner!!!!”
Baldwin’s Trump impressions are significantly disliked by the president.
“Watched Saturday Night Live hit job on me,” Trump said in a tweet last year. “Time to retire the boring and unfunny show. Alec Baldwin portrayal stinks. Media rigging election!”
Trump had also been the subject of former president Barack Obama’s extended mockery when he attented the same inner in 2011, after Trump accused him of not having been born in the US.
The dinner is going to be held on the 29th of April in Washington D.C.