US President Donald Trump has said that he would not attend the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) annual dinner, in a break from tradition.
“I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year,” Trump announced on twitter on Saturday.
“Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!”, he said. In the past few days, Trump has accused the mainstream American media as the real enemy of country.
Said to be the most high-profile annual event in Washington DC, the dinner has traditionally been attended by the US President and celebrities mainly from Hollywood. It was held for the first time in Washington DC in 1920.
This year’s dinner has been scheduled for April 29.
On Saturday, several major news outlets including The New York Times, CNN and BBC were barred from attending an off-camera White House briefing, an unprecedented move that escalated tensions in the already fraught relationship between the Trump administration and the media.