The White House Christmas party for the press looks like the latest casualty in Trump’s war with the media
President Donald Trump has reportedly canceled the annual White House Christmas party for the press.
The annual, decades-old event has previously been a peace-making exercise after a year of tension.
The news comes amid Trump’s repeated attacks on the press and a reduction in the number of White House press briefings.
Last year’s party was marked by tension: CNN boycotted the event while Trump and the first lady reportedly broke tradition and did not pose for photographs.
President Donald Trump has reportedly canceled the decades-old annual White House Christmas party for the media.
Fox News reported on Thursday morning that Trump had canceled the event. It said the White House didn’t announce the cancelation. Fox didn’t explain where the information came from.
The event is intended for members of the press and White House officials to socialize and act as a peace-making exercise after a year of tension. The party is usually held in early to mid-December and is off the record, though it offers the opportunity for journalists to mix with each other and with White House officials.
The Washington Post reported on December 8 that the fate of the party was unclear as nobody in the White House had scheduled the event, despite Christmas getting close.
The news comes amid Trump’s hostility to the press, and his frequent claim of “fake news.”
He has repeatedly called the media the “enemy of the people” and frequently spars both with individual journalists and with outlets including CNN, The New York Times and the Washington Post.
CNN boycotted the party in 2017, due to President Donald Trump’s “continued attacks” on journalists. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded with a dig at the network, tweeting: “Christmas comes early! Finally, good news from @CNN.”
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Source:: Business Insider