Spicer on skipping Correspondents' dinner: 'I don't think we should fake it'

Spicer on skipping Correspondents' dinner: 'I don't think we should fake it'
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White House press secretary Sean Spicer blamed media coverage for the Trump administration’s decision to skip the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) annual dinner, though he left the door open to the president attending next year.

"The relationship [with the press] and the coverage we have gotten, I don't think we should fake it," Spicer said at a Newseum event examining President Trump's first 100 days called "The President and the Press."

"I don't think watching a bunch of celebrities walk by is any indication how much you care about and respect the press," he added.

Spicer's comments come the day after the WHCA announced "Daily Show" correspondent Hasan Minhaj as the entertainer at this year's event.

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Spicer originally announced in March that administration officials would not attend due to "unfair coverage" out of "solidarity."

In February, the president indicated he would not attend “nerd prom,” the first president to forgo the event since Ronald Reagan in 1981, when the president was recovering from an assassination attempt two months prior.

"I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!" Trump tweeted in late February.

Spicer was also asked by Van Susteren what his "wish list" for the media is in terms of what it can do better.

"Focus on the policy and get it right," advised Spicer. "Don't worry about being first but instead being right."

Spicer added that it was possible Trump and the administration could attend the Correspondents’ Association dinner in 2018.