President Trump on Wednesday tweeted that it is “Great” CNN is boycotting this year’s White House Christmas party.
“Great, and we should boycott Fake News CNN,” he wrote. “Dealing with them is a total waste of time!”
Trump was responding to a tweet from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday also celebrating the news.
“Christmas comes early!” she said in response to a report about the network’s boycott. “Finally, good news from @CNN.”
CNN on Tuesday announced that it would skip this year’s White House Christmas party, which is scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m. local time in Washington, D.C.
“CNN will not be attending this this year’s White House Christmas party,” a CNN spokesperson told Politico.
“In light of the President’s continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN, we do not feel it appropriate to celebrate with him as his invited guests,” they added.
“We will send a White House reporting team to the event and report on it if news warrants.”
The White House Christmas party is an annual event where media members can socialize with members of the current president’s administration.
Past editions of the festivities have been off the record, but it is not clear whether that will be the case for 2017’s version.
Trump has been a fierce critic of media coverage about his administration, taking particular displeasure with CNN.
The president has repeatedly labeled CNN’s reporting as “fake news” and accused the network of bias against him and his allies.
Trump last Saturday, for example, tweeted that CNN International represents the U.S. to the world “very poorly.”
CNN’s communications team shot back later that day, arguing Trump bears more responsibility for global perceptions of America.
“It’s not CNN’s job to represent the U.S. to the world,” they tweeted. “That’s yours. Our job is to report the news. #FactsFirst.”