The White House on Tuesday ordered administration officials to boycott the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, an annual fundraising gala attended by the White House press corps and scheduled for this Saturday.
A president accustomed to friendly coverage from the network has been finding things to complain about of late.
Concerned that the White House may have influenced the Justice Department’s decision to try to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger, Hill Democrats asked for any correspondence between the White House and Justice Department relating to merger. But the White House counsel declined, citing executive privilege.
Trump said Friday he’ll hold one of his signature political rallies as counter-programming to the glitzy April 27 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, skipping the event for the third year in a row. “The dinner is so boring and so negative that we’re going to hold a very positive rally instead,” he said.
On Thursday, Trump threatened tariffs if Mexico doesn’t halt the flow of migrants and illegal drugs across the border, saying he’d give the country “a one year warning” to comply. The president has wide-ranging power to impose tariffs on national security grounds, which he has repeatedly used as leverage against other countries.
In tweets over the past week, Trump repeated his contention that the mainstream media is the enemy of the people, and said the Times’ and Post’s Pulitzers should be stripped. The Times, in response, tweeted a picture of its Pulitzer winners and noted that every story cited in their prize-winning entry has been proven correct.