Trump: White House correspondents’ dinner ‘dead as we know it’
President Trump on Monday slammed the annual White House correspondents’ dinner, calling the event “dead as we know it.”
“The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is DEAD as we know it. This was a total disaster and an embarrassment to our great Country and all that it stands for,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
“FAKE NEWS is alive and well and beautifully represented on Saturday night!”
The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is DEAD as we know it. This was a total disaster and an embarrassment to our great Country and all that it stands for. FAKE NEWS is alive and well and beautifully represented on Saturday night!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2018
The tweet comes amid the fallout from comedian Michelle Wolf’s hosting of the event, where she made several jokes about White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Trump officials and journalists alike have criticized Wolf’s performance, saying her jokes — in particular, the ones about Sanders — went too far.
Trump did not attend the dinner this year or last year, opting instead to host his own counterprogramming with a rally, in Michigan and Pennsylvania, respectively.
The president has railed against both the dinner and Wolff since Saturday evening.
“The White House Correspondents’ Dinner was a failure last year, but this year was an embarrassment to everyone associated with it,” Trump tweeted Sunday night.
“The filthy ‘comedian’ totally bombed (couldn’t even deliver her lines-much like the Seth Meyers weak performance). Put Dinner to rest, or start over!”
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