Trump decides administration officials cannot attend White House correspondents dinner
President Donald Trump on Tuesday barred White House staff and members of his administration from attending this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on Saturday, officials said.
Trump had already said he would not attend the annual dinner, instead scheduling a political rally in Wisconsin, but he had not decided whether anyone from his staff could attend.
The decision that no one from his team could participate was announced to White House staff and other representatives from the administration by White House Cabinet Secretary Bill McGinley at their morning meeting, officials said.
It set off a scramble as many staffers had accepted invitations thinking Trump would allow them to go.
“The president and members of his administration will not attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this year. Instead, Saturday evening, President Trump will travel to Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he will hold a campaign rally,” said a White House official.