Washington: President Donald Trump hinted he might attend the White House Correspondents’ Association’s next dinner after the group announced it would have an eminent historian, instead of a comedian who attended last year's even, as principal speaker, US news agencies reported.
While comedians have long been the highlight of the annual event, the WHCA said on Monday that April’s speaker will be Ron Chernow, a biographer of presidents and other American leaders. The organization drew intense criticism following its last dinner over comedian Michelle Wolf’s treatment of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who represented the president.
Trump, whose is used to attacking the media and journalists consistently as a hallmark of his administration, attended the dinner as a civilian in 2011 and was famously roasted by both then-President Barack Obama and comedian Seth Meyers. He has not attended since becoming president.
“So-called comedian Michelle Wolf bombed so badly last year at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner that this year, for the first time in decades, they will have an author instead of a comedian,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday night from his resort at Mar-a-Lago, where he is spending the Thanksgiving holiday. “Good first step in comeback of a dying evening and tradition! Maybe I will go?”
Chernow, whose biography of Alexander Hamilton became the basis of "Hamilton," Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical, is unlikely to go easy on Trump. In a video on Facebook before the 2016 election, he cited a long list of what disturbed him about Trump’s campaign, calling him a demagogue.
The dinner is a fundraising event where Washington’s journalists mingle with politicians and celebrities. The WHCA was founded in 1914 after President Woodrow Wilson threatened to do away with news conferences. The group started its annual dinner in 1921, and presidents have traditionally attended it.