The order was released Tuesday morning by White House Cabinet Secretary Bill McGinley, who announced that all Trump administration officials had been ordered to boycott the dinner, scheduled for Saturday night.
The transfer marks another break in relationships between the White House press office and press corps, although President Donald Trump announced earlier this month that he would skip the annual dinner for the third year in a row. Instead, the President will hold a rally campaign in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on the same night.
"Dinner is so hot and negative that we will hold a positive rally," Trump told reporters at the time.
Common tensions between reporters and government representatives have grown to a tremendous level in the age of Trump, because of the President's daily attacks on the media. His drawing of people who occupy him as his "enemy" and the "enemy of the people" are criticized by historians, advocates of liberty and politicians on both sides.
Reply to Olivier Knox, president of the White House Correspondents' Association, the boycott saying: "We are looking forward to a happy night of First Change celebrations and good journalists past, present and future."
In previous administrations, both the President and the vice president are traditionally attending a gala event that promotes the First Amendment. The last president to skip dinner was Ronald Reagan in 1
Sarah Sanders of the White House secretary Sarah Sanders also told CNN that she would not attend dinner, instead of traveling to the Trump rally to the President.
Sanders attended the two early supper under the management of Trump. Last year, he was hurt by comedian Michelle Wolf while sitting on the stage head on stage.
After this, while commentators debated whether the performance was very enthusiastic, Trump said that Wolf "was bombarded" and placed him as a symbol of Hollywood elitism, a man for his base to oppose
But the introductory presentation is not based on comedy or partisan politics – it's a fundraiser and honor event that recognizes the role of the free press and allows publishers to -submit resources and each one. News outlets pay for tables and invite administrators, legislators, other government officials and occasional Hollywood celebrities.
Dinner is a chance to start new relationships and identify White House staff. Sanders and his assistants shared with the publishers at the receptions leading up to last year's dinner.
But it does not seem like this year. Dinner will still be a place, but the boycott of the White House is another example of a tradition that ends – or at least pausing.
There will be no comedian. Last November, the White House Correspondents & # 39; Association decided to invite the author Ron Chernow as the speaker instead.
The change is a recognition that the meaning of dinner has changed in the midst of ongoing media attacks and the rise of political polarization. The President's playbook is clear: Every year he shows a skipping dinner and holds a media-bashing rally instead.
No President attended to make jokes and take jabs at the press, having a comedian there to roast the President felt the key to some members of the association. Having Chernow instead of a stand-up performer is a recognition that dinner changes dramatically when the President is absent.