Trump mulling attendance at correspondents' dinner: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE is considering attending the White House correspondents' dinner for the first time in his presidency, according to Axios.

Trump skipped the event in 2017 and 2018, but the “exuberant” president may attend the April 27 dinner as part of a victory lap following the release of Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham Barr DOJ says surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Page lacked evidence Senators press DHS over visa approval for Pensacola naval base shooter Democrats sharpen case on second day of arguments MORE’s summary of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE’s report, according to the publication.

It is unclear “how serious” Trump is about attending the event, according to Axios.

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The White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) has made a notable shift this year, inviting historian Ron Chernow to be the host instead of what has traditionally been an entertainer.

The move came after comedian Michelle Wolf’s 2018 speech prompted anger from the right, including Trump, who called the event “an embarrassment to everyone associated with it.”

After the November announcement of Chernow as the 2019 headliner, Trump called the selection a "good first step” and suggested in a tweet that he might attend the event.

Wolf has called the WHCA “cowards” for not selecting a comedian, adding that “the media is complicit.” The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

Trump’s consecutive boycotts of the event made him the first sitting president not to attend the WHCA dinner since Ronald Reagan, who sat out the 1981 event while recuperating from an assassination attempt, according to NPR.