Correspondents' Association head didn't know Trump would be announcing dinner decision Friday

SEE YA! President Trump DITCHES White House Press Dinner for Second Year

According to WCHA President Margaret Talev, the White House will be represented this year by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, who will sit at the head table. (A producer at WABC said that Mr. Trump had recorded the interview on Thursday morning.) The president said on the air that he was fond of Mr. McGuirk, who, with his co-host, Sid Rosenberg, started the show last week.

"They're like novelists. I call them novelists", he added. "So it's probably unlikely I'll do it".

Trump skipped last year's dinner as well, becoming the first sitting president to do so in over 35 years.

The annual dinner, a fundraiser for college scholarships and a venue for reporting awards, mixes politicians, journalists and celebrities and is typically attended by the president and first lady.

Trump has lambasted liberal media outlets, including The New York Times, CNN, ABC, and NBC for dishonest coverage of his campaign and presidency.

Trump suggested he will "probably" skip the feast, like he did previous year, as he kept up his continued assault on what he sees as negative coverage of his tenure in the Oval Office.

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It's the second year that Trump has boycotted the annual black-tie dinner, which had been attended annually by every president for 37 years.

Trump did, however, attend a smaller gathering of Washington reporters last month - the off-camera, farcical and musical dinner put on by the The Gridiron Club and Foundation. And unlike a year ago, she said, the president wouldn't discourage other administration officials from attending.

Reagan, of course, was recovering from an assassination attempt when he skipped the dinner that year.

The decision to delay the May summit with the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council reflects a crowded diplomatic calendar, and the fact that President Donald Trump is without a secretary of state until the Senate confirms current CIA Director Mike Pompeo, two of the officials said.

White House staff members also did not attend the 2017 event out of reported "solidarity" with the president.

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