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Trump says he will skip White House correspondents dinner

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Trump says he will skip White House correspondents dinner
U.S. President Donald Trump salutes as he departs Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, U.S., April 5, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque   -   Copyright  KEVIN LAMARQUE(Reuters)
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Friday he will once again not attend the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents Association, calling the event too negative.

It will be the third year in a row that the president has taken a pass on the dinner, to be held on April 27 at a Washington hotel.

Trump has had a rocky relationship with the White House press corps, which he frequently accuses of being biased. Still, he takes questions from reporters nearly every day.

He told reporters on the White House South Lawn that he would hold a political rally instead of going to the dinner.

“I’m going to hold a rally, because the dinner is so boring and so negative that we’re going to hold a very positive rally,” he said.

He said the rally would be at one of three sites being considered.

“It’ll be a big one, but the correspondents dinner is too negative. I like positive things,” he said.

(Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

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