Comedian Michelle Wolf, the controversial headliner of last year's White House Correspondents’ Dinner, said Trump does not have a “big enough spine” to attend the annual gathering of journalists and White House officials.

“You know, he’s probably just really busy because he’s got to golf and honestly, I don’t know if anyone really wants to watch him eat. So I think it’s for the best probably,” Wolf said at a Power of Women NY event in response to Trump’s announcement Friday that he will not attend this year’s dinner.


“He doesn’t have a big enough spine to attend. A person who can’t take someone making fun of them, I don’t really care about,” Wolf said.

Trump told reporters Friday that he will not attend the dinner for the third year in a row, instead opting for a political rally he says will be more “positive.”

“The dinner is boring and so negative that we’re going to hold a very positive rally,” Trump said. “I like positive things, OK?”

Wolf drew widespread criticism for her performance at last year’s dinner, with many saying her jokes about White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in particular went too far.

Wolf excoriated Sanders, who was just feet away on stage, saying “she burns facts and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smokey eye.” 

The White House Correspondents’ Association said after the controversy that it would avoid tapping a comedian to headline the 2019 gathering, opting instead to pick presidential biographer Ron Chernow to deliver remarks.