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Trump is first president in nearly a century to not host a first-year state dinner

Trump is first president in nearly a century to not host a first-year state dinner
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President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham: 'I could not disagree more' with Trump support of Afghanistan troop withdrawal GOP believes Democrats handing them winning 2022 campaign Former GOP operative installed as NSA top lawyer resigns MORE is the first president in nearly a century to not hold a state dinner during his first year in office, according to The Associated Press.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said there isn't a "singular reason" Trump hasn't held a state dinner, the AP reported.

She said the Trump administration is hoping to extend a state visit invitation sometime early in 2018.

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Anita McBride — a veteran of three Republican administrations who last served as chief of staff to first lady Laura Bush — said state dinners are occasions that "really go a long way to solidify and strengthen relationships.”

During his presidential campaign, Trump made comments regarding state dinners when former President Obama held a 2015 state visit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“I would not be throwing (Xi) a dinner,” Trump said at the time.

“I would get him a McDonald’s hamburger and say we’ve got to get down to work.”

During his first year as president, Trump has visited China in what was referred to as a "state visit, plus." The president also took state visits to South Korea and Vietnam during his first year in office.