Trumps set to skip Kennedy Center Honors again
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President TrumpDonald TrumpPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Has Trump beaten the system? MORE and Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump discussed pardoning Ghislaine Maxwell: book Jill Biden appears on Vogue cover White House did not brief Pence team on swearing him in after Trump COVID-19 diagnosis: book MORE are likely skipping the Kennedy Center Honors for the second year in a row.

“There are no plans for them to attend at this time,” Stephanie Grisham, who serves as communications director for the first lady, told ITK of the Dec. 2 event. The news was first reported Tuesday by The New York Post.


A Kennedy Center rep declined ITK's request for further comment.

Last year, the Trumps opted out of attending the prestigious awards gala after several entertainers — including TV legend Norman Lear and dancer Carmen de Lavallade — said they would avoid a White House reception traditionally held before the event in protest of the president.

“The president and first lady have decided not to participate in this year’s activities to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction,” a statement at the time from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. The reception also didn’t take place.

This year’s roster of honorees includes more than one high-profile critics of Trump.

Cher has blasted Trump as a "f---ing traitor” and has said she wished he would “fall off the face of the Earth.”

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has also criticized the Trump administration’s response in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria last year. After Trump attacked Puerto Rican officials, Miranda replied that the president was “going straight to hell.”

Reba McEntire, jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter and composer Philip Glass will also be honored at next month's ceremony in Washington.