The dinner is supposed to a celebration of the First Amendment and the journalists who cover the White House.
President Trump announced that he will be skipping the annual White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) dinner in Washington later this month and will hold a campaign rally instead. This will be his third year in a row skipping the annual gathering of journalists, celebrities and big names in politics.
Speaking to reporters at the White House on Friday, Mr. Trump said the dinner was "so boring" and "too negative." Last year's entertainment at the WHCA dinner, comedian Michelle Wolf, was criticized by the Trump administration and members of the press after she mocked Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and her appearance.
The WHCA will be going a different route this year, by tapping Ron Chernow, a biographer of American presidents and statesmen, to be the featured speaker at the annual dinner on Saturday, April 27, 2019.
"I like positive things," the president told reporters. The location of the rally is yet to be determined, but the president said "we have about three sites, everybody wants it, it'll be a big one."