The White House staff has decided not to attend this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner out of “‘solidarity'” with President Donald Trump, who announced he would not be attending the dinner. White House Correspondents Association President Jeff Mason of Reuters announced the decision in an email.
“The WHCA board regrets this decision very much,” Mason said. “We have worked hard to build a constructive relationship with the Trump White House and believe strongly that this goal is possible even with the natural tension between the press and administrations that is a hallmark of a healthy republic.”
CNN media reporter Dylan Byers pointing out that this would also affect White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, “Hardest hit: White House @PressSec Sean Spicer, a veteran of the D.C. social scene who loves a good party and would have sat on the dias!”
This year’s White House Correspondents Dinner is shaping up to be a much quieter affair after the dinner has grown in attention over the past few years with numerous celebrity-filled parties and live coverage of the proceedings on CNN (in addition to its regular coverage on C-SPAN). People and Time magazines have cancelled their party and other parties have been cancelled as well.
The event is scheduled to take place on April 29, but no headliner, typically a comedian in recent years, has been announced yet.