Donald Trump says he has no plans to attend the White House Correspondents Dinner, despite the event featuring a series of “ridiculously phony” articles about the president.
Speaking in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump slammed “the phony news” of the evening and mocked “fake news” stories that “have no sources” that “totally make up stories” to attack him.
“I don’t believe it,” he said.
“I am going to be at the Whitehouse Correspondents’ Dinner.
I don’t want to be there.
I have to get a job, but I will be there.”
Trump has been criticized for not attending the event in previous years, citing a scheduling conflict with the event being held on a Friday night in the middle of the month.
“If I’m not going, why do I have a job?”
Trump asked at the time.
“You know why?” the audience member asked.
“Because the president is going to sit at home,” Trump replied.
“He is not going.
So I will have my family out there to be with me, and we will have our news.
You will see the fake news.
It will be fake.
We will have it.
It is going be fake.”