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Trump announces on Twitter he will not attend White House Correspondents’ dinner

Posted at 5:07 PM, Feb 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-25 18:03:22-05

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association dinner this year.

The president announced the news on Twitter Saturday, adding, "Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!"

The dinner is set for April 29 at the Hinckley Hilton in Washington, D.C.

It's been a tradition for the president of the United States, the First Lady, senior government officials and members of the press corp to attend and give a speech.

On Friday, Trump attacked the media in most of his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. He vowed to end "fake news" and blamed the press for pitting the media against conservative values.

"A few days ago, I called the fake news the enemy of the people, and they are," Trump said, referring to a tweet he posted last week. "They are the enemy of the people because they have no sources. They just make them up when there are none."

A list of media outlets have also opted out of attending the annual gathering, including Bloomberg and Vanity Fair canceling its after-party it usually host together.

The New Yorker also canceled its kickoff party that is usually held at the W Hotel, the New York Times reported.

In 2011, Trump became the center of Former President Barack Obama's jokes in his White House Correspondents' dinner's speech. Obama, with comedian Seth Meyers, poked fun at Trump questioning Obama's birth place.