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White House corps to toast press freedom; Trump a no-show

FILE - In this March 24, 2018 file photo, Michelle Wolf arrives at the 6th Annual Hilarity For Charity Los Angeles Variety Show at the Hollywood Palla...

FILE - In this March 24, 2018 file photo, Michelle Wolf arrives at the 6th Annual Hilarity For Charity Los Angeles Variety Show at the Hollywood Palla...

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House aides, reporters and other famous-for-Washington types are set to gather without President Donald Trump to toast press freedom.

It'll be the second White House Correspondents' Association dinner without Trump. He posted on Facebook this week that he'll be at a Saturday night rally in Michigan with his "favorite deplorables" — a term Hillary Clinton used in 2016 to describe some Trump supporters.

Trump's aides skipped last year's dinner, too. But this year, many are expected to attend.

Comedian Michelle Wolf is on tap to deliver what's traditionally been a roast of the administration and the press.

The dinner promotes press freedom and responsibility. Trump regularly talks to reporters but says many members of the mainstream media are dishonest.


Updated : 2021-07-30 19:25 GMT+08:00