Donald Trump will once again avoid the traditional roasting of the president at the White House Correspondents Dinner after confirming he will not attend the event for the second year running. The annual dinner, traditionally attended by the president and vice president, will take place April 28 to celebrate the role of the free press. The White House Correspondents Association said in a statement Friday: “The White House has informed us that the president does not plan to participate in this year’s dinner but that he will actively encourage members of the Executive Branch to attend and join us as we celebrate the First Amendment. In keeping with tradition, press secretary Sarah Sanders also will represent the administration at the head table.” Trump was infamously roasted by President Obama at the 2011 dinner for his belief in the birther conspiracy.
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