President Donald Trump‘s staff is standing with him in his boycott of the upcoming White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
In a statement released on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the entire White House staff would skip next month’s annual dinner as a gesture of “solidarity” with Trump, who railed against the “dishonest media” throughout his 2016 campaign and into his presidency.
“The staff is standing in solidarity with the president, who has been treated unfairly,” Spicer wrote. “We hope, including the president, that things improve and we can attend next year.”
The statement came on the same day that Spicer was widely criticized for disrespecting veteran reporter April Ryan, the Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, during a press briefing.
Trump announced he would be skipping the dinner — nicknamed “Nerd Prom” by Washington insiders — in a tweet last month.
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This will be the first time since the 1970s that a president has skipped the typically star-studded event — and perhaps the first time in the dinner’s history that no White House staff will attend.
So why is Trump skipping the dinner?
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Aside from his obvious distaste for the press, the dinner itself doesn’t exactly hold fond memories for Trump.
When he attended the dinner in 2011, he was skewered by host Seth Meyers and then-President Barack Obama, who mocked Trump for five full minutes over his championing of the birther conspiracy.
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