White House Correspondents Dinner 2018 Stream

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United States President Donald Trump on Saturday (local time) skipped this year's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner and instead opted to hold a campaign-style rally in MI. Representing him at the dinner, which raises money for scholarships, will be White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. Jon Tester of Montana over his role in the failed nomination of White House doctor Ronny Jackson to run the Department of Veterans Affairs, calling for Tester to resign or at least not be re-elected this fall. And if you don't smile, they say, 'He was awful.

Trump won't be there, but there will be plenty of Trump-inspired zingers tonight at the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents' Association.

Ahead of the rally Trump said in a fundraising pitch that he had come up with something better than being stuck in a room "with a bunch of fake news liberals who hate me". "They don't, and they don't care about our borders, and I don't think they care much about crime", Trump said.

Clinton later did a partial rollback, said she had been "grossly generalistic" and regretted saying the label fit "half" of Trump's supporters.

Margaret Talev, the president of the White House Correspondents' Association and senior White House correspondent for Bloomberg News, announced Trump will not attend, but he "will actively encourage members of the executive branch to attend and join us as we celebrate the First Amendment".

After Trump ducked the WHCA dinner previous year, many noted that the last sitting USA president to not attend the high-profile event was Ronald Reagan, although he could be excused because he was in a hospital recovering from a bullet wound due to an assassination attempt.

Trump made promises to the MI crowd too that echoed his 2016 presidential campaign. All of the channels will also be covering Trump's rally in Macomb County, Mich.

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