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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 BarrBill BarrVirginia governor's race enters new phase as early voting begins Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation MORE’s summary of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s report, according to the publication.
It is unclear “how serious” Trump is about attending the event, according to Axios.
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.
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.
So-called comedian Michelle Wolf bombed so badly last year at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner that this year, for the first time in decades, they will have an author instead of a comedian. Good first step in comeback of a dying evening and tradition! Maybe I will go?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2018
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.