Donald Trump made an announcement on Saturday on Twitter, saying that he will not be attending the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.
“I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!” he tweeted Saturday afternoon.
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
Trump’s announcement comes in the middle of an ongoing attack Trump has had on the media, saying that several news outlets are the “enemy of the American people.”
CNN, one of the media outlets that was barred from coming to the White House on Friday for a briefing with Sean Spicer, has been weighing in wether or not to attend the event this year.
After hearing of Trump’s tweet, Jeff Mason, the president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, said Saturday that the dinner would go on as planned.
“The WHCA takes note of President Donald Trump’s announcement on Twitter that he does not plan to attend the dinner, which has been and will continue to be a celebration of the First Amendment and the important role played by an independent news media in a healthy republic,” Mason said.
The annual event, usually held in April, consists of different media outlets and celebrities attending. The headline of the event is usually the President, who is expected to deliver a monologue, although it seems that this year the president will not be attending.
The dinner also raises money for student scholarships and presents journalism awards.
Every sitting president since 1924 has attended the correspondents’ dinner at least once. And the last president to outright skip the event was Richard Nixon in 1972.