White House won't hold annual holiday party for press

The White House will not hold its traditional holiday party for members of the press, it announced Thursday, with Fox News reporting that President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau intends to wrap up count on Oct. 5 despite judge's order Top House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents New Yorkers report receiving ballots with wrong name, voter addresses MORE canceled the event.

"The White House Christmas press party was not put on the holiday schedule this year," a White House official said in an emailed statement to The Hill.

"However, we have accommodated members of the media and their families who have asked to see the holiday decorations by arranging White House Open House Tours for them."  


The annual White House party for the media has been a tradition for decades as members of the press visited for the invitation-only event.

There were two separate parties for broadcast outlets and print organizations at one point because the guest list became so long, Fox News noted.

The party's cancellation marks the latest development in Trump's ongoing feud with the media. He has also bucked the press by declining to attend the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, a media awards event that had been attended by past commanders in chief since President Nixon.

This year has marked multiple bitter moments in Trump's attacks on the media, including the White House's decision to revoke CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta's press pass in November. Acosta's press credentials were returned after the news network brought the case to court.

The president has continued to rail against the media, calling negative reports "fake news" and the press the "enemy of the people."

The president hosted a media holiday party last year, when White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE spoke to reporters for more than 15 minutes, according to Fox News.

Updated: 2:44 p.m.