Donald Trump on Skipping White House Correspondents Dinner: ‘I Am Not a Hypocrite’

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President Trump is skipping this year’s White House Correspondents Association dinner because he feels mistreated by the media. That’s what the Commander-in-Chief told Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning in a sit-down interview at the White House in advance of his 9 p.m. ET address to Congress tonight.

“I am not a hypocrite. I haven’t been treated properly,” Trump said of media coverage of the first few weeks of his presidency. Trump will be the first sitting President to miss the annual dinner since Ronald Reagan in 1981 when he was recuperating after being shot by John Hinckley Jr.

“In light of the fact of fake news and all of the other things we’re talking about, I thought it would be inappropriate,” Trump told the anchor trio of Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade. “I have great respect for the press. I have great respect for reporters and the profession. I just thought it would be better if I didn’t do it.”

The April 29 event, a fundraiser for journalism scholarships awarded by the association, has been rocked by Trump’s hostile relations with much of the mainstream media establishment. Vanity Fair, Bloomberg News and other orgs have pulled out of long-planned parties around the WHCA dinner.

Trump also reiterated his belief that mainstream journalists have fabricated stories about him. “I believe a lot of the stories are made up. They’re pure fiction,” he said.

Trump complimented the “Fox and Friends” trio for treating him “very fairly.” He called himself “a friend” to the show, and he noted the frequency of his telephone interviews with the Fox News morning show over the years, suggesting that they played a role in his victory in November.

“Maybe without those call-ins, somebody else is sitting here,” he said.

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  1. DOUBLESPEAK says:

    “I am not a hypocrite.” And of course, that is exactly what he is.

  2. Dave J says:

    On one hand he says “I have great respect for the press” and at the same time calls the press he refused briefings fake news, which one is it Trump?

  3. Tim James says:

    He’s been very consistent about his cowardice, so I’ll give him that.

  4. Of course, of course, we won’t mention a lot of willfully bogus and self-aggrandizing flatulence about birth certificates or heritage, or real estate sales degrees, or calling in to radio shows and the like with fake names, like John Barron, or misleading New York City to endorse an enormous tax break for a property, or bankrupting at least one casino, or any Russian Connection, or, it would seem, the (technically legal) avoidance of tax payments on income for years. No fake there. Move on. Nothing to see but an enormous smoke screen generated by minions, sycophants and billionaire socialist subsidy grubbers.

    • sammyglick says:

      I couldn’t have said it better. Let’s see Pres. Trump’s tax returns so We The People, can actually know what his conflicts of interests truly are, how beholden to Russian banks he may or may not be, et cetera. Likewise, we should never forget what a disgusting campaign Donald J. Trump ran to become President; starting with his nonsense about Obama’s birth certificate to admitting to Billy Bush he thinks he can commit sexual assault because he’s rich and famous. The scam that was Trump University is nothing compared to the scam Donald Trump knows anything about government or leadership.

  5. Chris says:

    What a great joke by president trump.

  6. Jonas Grumby says:


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