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Trump to hold rally on same night as White House correspondents' dinner
President Trump will speak at a campaign rally in Michigan on April 28, the same night of the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) dinner, the president's campaign announced Tuesday.
The event will take place at 7 p.m. in Washington, Mich., located just outside of Detroit.
It is the second consecutive year that Trump will hold a rally outside Washington instead of attending the annual dinner. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is expected to attend this year to represent the White House.
"While the fake news media will be celebrating themselves with the denizens of Washington society in the swamp that evening, President Trump will be in a completely different Washington, celebrating our national economic revival with patriotic Americans," Michael Glassner, chief operating officer of the Trump campaign, said in a statement.
Trump indicated in an interview earlier this month that he would skip the event for a second straight year.
Past presidents have attended the event and delivered remarks addressing the press.
The event celebrates members of the WHCA and young journalists for their work, though it increasingly was also seen as a glitzy, celebrity-fueled night at which politicians, reporters and editors rubbed shoulders with stars from the entertainment industry. The New York Times is among the media organizations that no longer attends the event.
Trump has had a combative relationship with the media since he took office. He frequently attacks outlets like The New York Times, The Washington Post and CNN, labeling them "fake news" and questioning their reporting on Twitter.