WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (Reuters) – Journalists, politicians, and celebrities arrived in Washington, D.C., on Saturday (April 29) for the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, but there was one person missing: the one who occupies the White House, President Donald Trump.
The 45th president opted to skip the annual dinner and instead is holding a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
On the campaign trail and in the White House, Trump has had a strained relationship with the press, calling journalists “the enemy of the people” and frequently criticizing outlets and individual reporters whose coverage he does not like.
The Washington event typically draws movie stars, politicians and business leaders to hear a humorous speech by the sitting president.
Among those who showed early on Saturday were Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta, and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, among others.