Donald Trump Will Leave This Year's White House Correspondents' Dinner to Kendall Jenner Despite Invites 'By Every Single Group of Media Available to Mankind'

Donald Trump says the media's "dishonesty" is the reason he's skipping this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner

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Donald Trump won’t be attending D.C.’s “Nerd Prom” on April 30 – but it’s not because he wasn’t invited.

“I was asked by every single group of media available to mankind [to attend this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner],” the GOP front-runner tells The Hill. “But I’ve decided not to go. Do you know why? I would have a good time and the press would say I look like I wasn’t having a good time.”

Trump attended last year’s dinner, before he announced his presidential bid, as well as the 2011 dinner, where President Obama famously roasted the billionaire businessman in a comedy routine.

Trump says that, despite reports to the contrary, he actually enjoyed himself at that event.

“I had a great time. I was very honored by all of the attention. The president told joke after joke and it was good,” he says. “They were all very nice and delivered nicely and I had a great time and told the press. For four years, I’ve read what a miserable time I had.”

“The press is dishonest,” Trump adds. “If the press would be honest, I’d go because I’d have a good time … But no matter how good a time I had, the press would say, ‘Donald Trump was miserable.’ What would I need that for?”

Though Trump is sitting this Nerd Prom out, there will be plenty of other big names in attendance, including many from the Hollywood set. Here’s a list compiled by The Washington Post of the guests of news organizations.


Kendall Jenner, model

Miles Teller, actor, Divergent

Wendi Mclendon-Covey, actress/comedian, The Goldbergs

Rosario Dawson, actress, Daredevil

Neve Campbell, actress, House of Cards

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Michael Kelly, actor, House of Cards

Illana Glazer, creator, executive producer and actress, Comedy Central’s Broad City

Abbi Jacobson, creator, executive producer and actress, Comedy Central’s Broad City

Michelle Dockery, actress, Downton Abbey

Von Miller, Denver Broncos linebacker, Super Bowl MVP

Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants wide receiver

FOX News:

Greta Van Susteren, anchor, Fox News Channel

Atlantic Media:

Hope Solo, U.S. women’s soccer goalie

Josh Stamberg, actor, The Affair, and a DC native (he’s the son of NPR’s Susan Stamberg)

Gene Sperling, former director of the National Economic Council and assistant to the president for economic policy

Jeff Zients, director of the National Economic Council and assistant to the president for economic policy.

Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland security and terrorism

Travis Kalanick, co-founder & CEO, Uber

Brad Smith, president, Microsoft

Larry Merlo, CEO, CVS

John Chambers, CEO, Cisco


Jaimie Alexander, actress, Blindspot

Andrew Lack, chairman of NBC/MSNBC

Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC

Deborah Turness, NBS News president

Janelle Rodriguez, NBC News SVP of editorial

Noah Oppenheim, SVP of Today at NBC News

Peter Alexander, NBC News White House correspondent

Ron Allen, NBC News correspondent

Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC Morning Joe co-host

Tom Costello, NBC News correspondent

Savannah Guthrie, NBC News The Today Show

Tamron Hall, NBC News Live with Tamron Hall host

Chris Hayes, MSNBC All In with Christ Hayes host

Kasie Hunt, MSNBC political correspondent

Hallie Jackson, NBC News correspondent

Steve Kornacki, MSNBC Meet the Press Daily host

Chris Matthews, MSNBC Hardball host

Cynthia McFadden, NBC News senior legal and investigative correspondent

Ari Melber, MSNBC chief legal correspondent

Andrea Mitchell, NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent/anchor

Natalie Morales, NBC News Today Show host

Kelly O’Donnell, NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent

Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC The Last Word with Laurence O’Donnell host

Joy-Ann Reid, MSNBC national correspondent

Thomas Roberts, MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts host

Luke Russert, NBC News correspondent

Joe Scarborough, MSNBC Morning Joe host

Al Sharpton, MSNBC PoliticsNation host

Kate Snow, NBC News correspondent

Katy Tur, NBC News correspondent

Kristen Welker, NBC News White House correspondent

Pete Williams, NBC News justice correspondent

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