Qatari embassy's correspondents weekend party light on jokes, big on dancing
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Members of both political parties engaged in a rhetorical ceasefire for a night of drinks and dancing Friday at the Qatari embassy to the United States' pre-party for White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) dinner.

Held at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in conjunction with the Washington Diplomat, newspaper editor Victor Shiblie gave brief remarks midway through the festivities.

"No speeches today; no jokes tomorrow," Shiblie said, in a nod to the fact there would not be a comedian presiding over the correspondents' dinner Saturday night after comedian Michelle Wolf delivered an incendiary routine last year.


Rather, historian Ron Chernow will speak at the annual gathering.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE will also not be in attendance at the Saturday dinner and will instead be in Green Bay, Wis., to hold a rally. The president also told members of his administration not to attend the dinner.

But that did not stop former White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerTrump adopts familiar mantra on possible recession: fake news April Ryan's bodyguard issued summons over alleged assault of local journalist Overnight Defense: Dems talk Afghanistan, nukes at Detroit debate | Senate panel advances Hyten nomination | Iranian foreign minister hit with sanctions | Senate confirms UN ambassador MORE, who attended an event at the Irish Ambassador's house Thursday, from heading to the party at the USIP.

The former Trump administration official arrived with a camera crew in tow as part of his new gig as a special correspondent for "Extra."

Throughout the night, D.J.s Rem and Spider kept a healthy mix of Backstreet Boys, Prince, Aerosmith and Whitney Houston spinning. At one point, Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey could be seen grooving to Outkast's "Hey Ya."

Also in attendance: Rep. André Carson (D-Ind.), who asked ITK if the reporter had seen "The Avengers: Endgame," as well as former Romney 2012 campaign deputy press secretary Ryan Williams, who is now at Targeted Victory.

Former Rep. Jim MoranJames (Jim) Patrick MoranStar-studded cast to perform play based on Mueller report DC theatre to host 11-hour reading of the Mueller report Bottom line MORE (D-Va.), who occasionally works with Qatari Ambassador Meshal Bin Hamad Al-Thani, was also at the event and spoke positively about former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHarry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Warren offers plan to repeal 1994 crime law authored by Biden Panel: Jill Biden's campaign message MORE's entry into the Democratic primary the previous day.

"I love Joe and I'd love to see him as president," Moran said.