US President Donald Trump has made it clear that he would skip the White House Correspondents Association Dinner this year as well, continuing with the tradition that he had set in the first year of his term in office, the White House has informed.
President Donald Trump will be a two-year no-show at the traditional annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner, sending his regrets and his press secretary in his place.
The annual event is ostensibly held to celebrate the First Amendment and award scholarships to promising journalism students, but is generally overshadowed by its reputation as a glitzy social event.
Trump, who has repeatedly criticized the media and accused outlets of pushing "fake news", told NY radio station 77 WABC that he did not plan on attending the annual event.
The decision was unsurprising given Mr Trump's strained relationship with the media.
Trump had said in an interview aired on Friday on NY radio station 77 WABC that he probably would not attend the dinner, which normally features big names from the worlds of politics and entertainment as guests of media organisations.
"I didn't do it a year ago, I had a rally instead, which was good".
Reagan, of course, was recovering from an assassination attempt when he skipped the dinner that year.
Trump had said he "probably won't do it" in an interview on the Bernie and Sid radio show on 77 WABC Radio that was taped Thursday and aired Friday.
Mr Trump, renowned for his agnostic relationship with the media, a year ago became the first president to snub the century-old annual gala since Ronald Reagan, who in 1981 was recovering from an assassination attempt. And unlike past year, she said, the president wouldn't discourage other administration officials from attending.
The event typically features a comedian who roasts the president and his team and then the top executive returns it to the press.