President praises decision by organisers to replace comedians with historians after Michelle Wolf took aim at him last year
The president said on Twitter that it was good first step of a dying evening and tradition that the change had been made. It comes after comedian Michelle Wolf angered Trump administration officials with a blistering routine last year.
Trump, in a tweet Tuesday night, wrote, "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?"
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, Trump wrote in a Twitter post. Maybe I will go?
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Read more Trump has repeatedly derided some media organisations as fake news and the enemy of the people, and who has refused to attend the dinner during his first two years in office.
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On Monday, the White House Correspondents Association said Ron Chernow, who has written biographies of presidents George Washington and Ulysses Grant and founding father Alexander Hamilton, had been asked to speak on freedom of the press at the black-tie affair in April.
The decision breaks with the associations long-standing tradition of having a comic roast the president and the press at the dinner.
Wolfs performance was not the first time comics at the dinner have riled their targets. Stephen Colbert, Wanda Sykes and Seth Meyers have spoken at the dinner and also had their detractors.
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Although the dinner has become a high-profile event on Washingtons social calendar, it is primarily a fund-raiser to earn money for college journalism scholarships, journalism awards and to pay for other programs sponsored by the WHCA, which represents journalists covering the White House.
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US President Donald Trump has shunned the White House Correspondents Dinner since taking office. (File)
US President Donald Trump hinted Tuesday he may attend the next White House Correspondents Dinner — an event he has shunned since taking office — as no comedian is on the program.
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“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?” Trump tweeted.
Wolf delivered a controversial star turn this year, mercilessly sending up White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, who was seated on the dais with her.
The day after Wolfs searing monologue, the then president of the White House Correspondents Association, Margaret Talev, said the comedians efforts were “not in the spirit of the mission” of celebrating a free press and “honoring civility.”
Said Chernow in a statement: The White House Correspondents Association has asked me to make the case for the First Amendment and I am happy to oblige. Freedom of the press is always a timely subject and this seems like the perfect moment to go back to basics. My major worry these days is that we Americans will forget who we are as a people and historians should serve as our chief custodians in preserving that rich storehouse of memory.
And the April 27, 2019 event will break with the tradition of featuring a comedian, with the guest speech coming from historian and biographer Ron Chernow, who is best known for his biographies of Alexander Hamilton and two former US presidents.
The annual gala dates back to 1921, and from 1980 until 2017, presidents from both parties had attended, except for 1981, when president Ronald Reagan was recovering from being shot.
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Presidents usually give a speech filled with self-deprecating comments and jabs at the press, after a comedian has taken aim at the commander-in-chief.
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While Trump has not gone to the event since taking office, he did attend as a guest in 2011, when he was subjected to a blistering roast by then-president Barack Obama, who mocked the reality TV star for peddling the conspiracy theory that the Hawaii-born leader lacked a valid US birth certificate.