Published: Mon, April 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump confirms will skip 'boring' correspondents' dinner

Trump confirms will skip 'boring' correspondents' dinner

"The dinner is so boring and so negative that we're going to hold a very positive rally instead", he said.

The WHCA will be going a different route this year, by tapping Ron Chernow, a biographer of American presidents and statesmen, to be the featured speaker at the annual dinner on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

"You know, he's probably just really busy because he's got to golf and honestly, I don't know if anyone really wants to watch him eat", she said, according to The Hill.

He says he will hold a campaign rally at an unspecified location instead, adding: "I like positive things, OK?"

He'll hold a rally instead, he said.

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When asked if she thinks Trump should attend the event, which is a fundraiser for college scholarship where politicians, journalists and celebrities mix, Wolf said he should 'man up'. Last year's event caused an uproar after comedian Michelle Wolf made fun of White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

Following the announcement, the WHCA tweeted a statement from their president, Olivier Knox, saying that the organization is "looking forward to an enjoyable evening of celebrating the First Amendment and great journalists past, present, and future".

Trump, who has long had an adversarial relationship with the news media, also held rallies on the same night as the dinner in 2017 and 2018.

"I'm delighted that Ron will share his lively, deeply researched perspectives on American politics and history at the 2019 White House Correspondents' Dinner", WHCA President Olvier Knox released in a statement previous year. Chernow wrote the biography about founding father Alexander Hamilton that inspired the hit Broadway show "Hamilton". He was famously mocked by President Barack Obama at the 2011 dinner.

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