Sunday, April 23, 2017
Skipping correspondents' dinner! Trump will instead rally in Pennsylvania
President Trump has chosen to hold a campaign rally in Pennsylvania next Saturday rather than attend the annual dinner of White House correspondents.
"Next Saturday night I will be holding a BIG rally in Pennsylvania. Look forward to it!" Trump tweeted Saturday. His campaign website confirmed the details: A 7:30 p.m. ET rally at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center on April 29.
That's the same time White House correspondents will be sitting down for dinner at the Washington Hilton, an annual event traditionally attended by the president. The last president to skip the dinner was President Reagan in 1981— and that was only because he was still recovering from an assassination attempt.
The rally comes on the 100th day of Trump's presidency, a key yardstick by which presidents are historically judged on their legislative achievements. It's also a year after his last visit to Harrisburg, in which he promised to win so much that the American people would beg him to stop winning.
By Gregory Korte