'There’s no reason for him to go in and sit and pretend': Donald Trump Skips Press Event; Media War the Reason?
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Articles Articles Feb 27, 2017 11:50 AM EST
US President Donald Trump is not attending his first ever White House Correspondents' Association, in Washington. The reason behind all this is his growing war with the press. To take note, the public is already expecting him mocked on the annual dinner.
According to the Washington Post, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee shared President Trump's thoughts about the press event. "There's no reason for him to go in and sit and pretend like this is going to be just another Saturday night," she explained.
The tension refers to Trump and media conflict today. This started since his campaign until now, thus he announced on Twitter last Saturday that he will not go on the scheduled April 29 White House Correspondents' Association. Sanders further explain the fact through an analogy of Girl Scouts egging a house at the same time selling cookies on it.
On the other report by NDTV, it highlighted some more interesting details about the White House Correspondents' Association event. The WHCA organizers detailed that the event will still go ahead as is even without the US President Trump.
"Has been and will continue to be a celebration of the First Amendment (on freedom of the press) and the important role played by an independent news media in a healthy republic," WHCA president Jeff Mason tweeted as quoted by the same report. This is what the press event is all about though it has evolved since before.
Conde Nast, the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Bloomberg have extended as well cancellation of attendance. Now, some more newsgroups are also debating whether they will go or not anymore.
The reversal was due to Trump's denial of several US media outlets on his off-camera briefing. This has happened even before his Twitter announcement of White House Correspondents Association event. CNN, the New York Times and others are now stopping "White House's war on the free press."