White House: Trump admin officials will skip press dinner

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President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 22, 2019, during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says Trump administration officials will not be attending this year’s annual White House Correspondents’ Associated Dinner, following the president’s decision to boycott the event.
    
President Donald Trump announced earlier this month that he would be skipping the dinner for the third year in a row, telling reporters it was too “boring” and “negative.”
    
He’ll be holding a campaign rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin instead.
    
Many White House staffers and other administration officials had been planning to attend the dinner as guests of news organizations.
    
Trump has a deeply fraught relationship with the press, frequently criticizing news organizations and declaring stories he doesn’t like “fake news.”
 

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