President Donald Trump tweeted out that he will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. The dinner is scheduled for April 29.
I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017
The announcement, made on his personal Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, comes a day after journalists from several major news outlets filed a complaint for apparently being denied access to a White House press briefing, which drew a rebuke from the White House Correspondents’ Association.
Journalists from The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, CNN and Politico said they were the ones banned from the White House Press Room Friday, where Press Secretary Sean Spicer gave remarks.
The White House Correspondents Association issued a statement earlier this month saying that there will still be a dinner. The annual event began in 1920.
WHCA statement about this year's dinner on April 29. pic.twitter.com/A7p9Kaa5pY— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) February 2, 2017
In 2014 the White House Correspondents' Association marked the 100th anniversary of its founding to advocate for reporters on that historic assignment.