President Donald Trump announced he will not be attending the annual White House Correspondents' Associations Dinner--a longstanding tradition where the White House press corps and the sitting commander-in-chief wine and dine with many A-list celebrities.
Dubbed "nerd prom," the White House Correspondents' Dinner is an opportunity for the media and the presidential administration to rip on each other in the name of harmless fun and entertainment.
The dinner usually takes place in April.
I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017
"Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!"
In response to Trump's tweet, the White House Correspondents' Association released a statement on Twitter, saying that it acknowledged the president's announcement, but that the banquet dinner will still move forward.
"We look forward to shining a spotlight at the dinner on some of the best political journalism of the past year and recognizing the promising students who represent the next generation of our profession," WHCA president Jeff Mason said.
The news reiterates President Trump's tumultuous relationship with the press. On Friday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer extended an invitation to some outlets to attend an off-camera press briefing called a "gaggle," but denied access to news outlets like the New York Times, Politico, CNN, and the Los Angeles Times.
Last week, the 45th commander-in-chief described several news outlets as the "enemy of the American people!"
Trump isn't the only person boycotting the event. On Friday, Bloomberg--host of the premier afterparty--said it wouldn't throw its signature celebration, Axios reported.
A Bloomberg spokesperson said, "We surveyed some of the past attendees and didn't get as much interest in a party this year as we've had in the past, so we decided to focus on the dinner and the WHCA."
Vanity Fair, the host of what many consider the most exclusive party, announced earlier it wouldn't participate. The New Yorker also told the New York Times it wouldn't host its traditional party on the eve of the dinner.