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Will he go? Trump dangles he can attend 2019 press dinner

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – President Donald Trump said he could attend the next year's White House Correspondents Association today…

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – President Donald Trump said he could attend the next year’s White House Correspondents Association today when the organizers have scrapped the usual format with a comedian.

The correspondents’ association announced this week that Pulitzer’s award winning writer Ron Chernow – the presidency and state theater cinema including George Washington and Alexander Hamilton – will serve as the 2019 dinner speaker. But Chernow, like many of his fellow historians, strongly opposed Trumps candidacy in 2016 and noticed him as a “demagogue”.

It did not stop Trump from declaring victory Tuesday night after coming to Florida for a Thanksgiving weekend.

“The so-called comedian Michelle Wolf bombed so badly last year,” tweeted him. “This year, for the first time in decades, they will have a writer instead of a comedian.”

“Good first step in the recurrence of a dying evening and tradition!” He wrote and added, “Should I go?”

Presidents have traditionally attended the dinner. But Trump, who has a particular controversial relationship with the press, has skipped it over the past two years.

Wolf’s sharp anti-Trump performance in 2018 was criticized by some who were too keen in their pictures at White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and other White House staff.

Chernow, for its part, joined in 2016 with other historians to express alarms on Trump’s campaign rhetoric.

“Like many other historians, I’ve been deeply disturbed by the Trump campaign – deeper disturbed than at any other presidential campaign in our history,” he said in a video declaration that expressed alarms as the Americans might “forgot who we are as people and succumb to historical memory care “.

“We have all been terrified by the many shocking statements this man has made, but no less scary, has been the omissions,” he continued to quote the disapproval of the then candidate, saying words like injustice and tolerance or express feelings like kindness, compassion and empathy.

Chernow said in a statement released by the association that he had been asked to “make the case for the first amendment” in his speech and be “happy to force.”

“Press freedom is always a topical subject, and it seems like the perfect moment to go back to the basics, he says, adding:” While I’ve never missed a stand-up comedian, I promise that my story lesson will come not to be dry. “

Chernow further refused his comment when he asked if his speech would include criticism of Trump.


Associated Press National Writer Hillel Italy in New York contributed to this report.

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