Trump's protest against 'fake media' continues, to not attend WHCA dinner

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb. 26 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump has said he will not be attending the White House Correspondents` Association (WHCA) dinner this year, scheduled to be held on April 29. Trump took to Twitter to apprise of the same. "I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!" he tweeted. Meanwhile, the WHCA released a statement, stating that even as it 'takes note of President Donald Trump's announcement on Twitter', the dinner will continue to be a celebration of the First Amendment and the important role played by an independent news media in a healthy republic. WHCA president Jeff Mason looked forward to shining a spotlight at the dinner on some of the best political journalism of the past year recognising the promising students, who represent the next generation of the profession, the statement read. Trump has been receiving flak for his 'fake media' remark and trying to present press as a 'great danger' to America. Yesterday, the President took to his Twitter and wrote, "FAKE NEWS media knowingly doesn't tell the truth. A great danger to our country. The failing @nytimes has become a joke. Likewise @CNN. Sad!." Earlier in the day, Trump repeated his controversial "enemies of the people" taunt for the press at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where he continued to lash out at the "dishonest media" and made an ominous promise saying that "we're going to do something about it." Trump released some of his intense wrath for the media, repeating his description of them as "enemies of the people". "A few days ago, I called the fake news 'the enemy of the people', and they are. They are the enemy of the people," he said. "Because they have no sources. They just make them up where there are none." However, he claimed he was not against all the press, just "the fake news media or press". (ANI)