President Donald Trump will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association dinner this year.
The first White House Correspondents dinner was held in 1921, and the first president to attend was Calvin Coolidge in 1924, according to the White House Correspondents' Association website.
"Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!" he wrote.
The annual gathering, hosted by the White House Correspondents Association, is usually attended by the president, reporters from media outlets that cover the White House, and celebrities. Vanity Fair, which has cohosted the after party with Bloomberg LP in past years, pulled out earlier this month. The New York Times has not attended the event since 2008; the Guardian will not attend this year.
The dinner is set for April 29 at the Hinckley Hilton in Washington, D.C.
On Friday, the acrimonious relationship between Trump and the media reached a crescendo when the White House press office selectively chose certain outlets for an informal on-the-record briefing, yet barred others-including CNN, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.
President Trump's decision to abandon the glitzy gala isn't surprising given his contempt for the press.
On Friday, Trump attacked the media in most of his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. The press wasted no time pointing out that Trump's administration routinely offers journalists not-for-attribution info, and that the new president's old demands for Barack Obama's birth certificate were fueled by his standard "people are saying" sourcing.