WASHINGTON — The annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner went forward on Saturday without President Donald Trump, the first president in more than 30 years to skip the gala.
Trump opted to hold a rally in Pennsylvania to mark his hundredth day in office, rather than attend the event in Washington, which celebrates both the White House press corps and the presidency.
Typically, presidents use the event to deliver a lighthearted monologue about relations between the media and the administration. The event also stars a professional comedian, who uses the event to poke fun at both the press and the administration.
Instead of a monologue from Trump, the event was headlined by veteran journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, along with comedian Hasan Minhaj. Woodward and Bernstein are best known as the investigative reporting team that helped expose the Watergate scandal that led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation from office in 1974. Minhaj is a correspondent on Comedy Central’s “Daily Show.”
Natalie Andrews contributed.
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