Published: Wed, May 10, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Host blasts Trump at White House Correspondents' Dinner

Host blasts Trump at White House Correspondents' Dinner

Watergate journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein reminded the crowd at the Washington Hilton Hotel of the value of patience and persistence in pursuing a big story.

"This was the most divisive speech I have ever heard from a sitting American president", Gergen said.

Next year's dinner might be "more exciting", he said. Asked during an interview for CBS' "Face the Nation" if military action would follow a nuclear test by the North, Trump responded: "I don't know".

Minhaj did close on a more serious note, emphasizing the importance of journalism and the First Amendment, telling journalists how in a sense, they now feel the way minorities have felt for decades, and marveling that, as a Muslim-American son of immigrants, he was invited to skewer the President at the annual dinner.

Trump listed what he said were some of his key early accomplishments, including the successful confirmation to the United States supreme court of Justice Neil Gorsuch and clearing away many regulations on the environment and business. Attending are Alysia Reiner of "Orange Is the New Black", Retta of "Parks and Recreation" and Matt Walsh of "Veep".

Bee's taped show, a tongue-in-cheek tribute to American news organizations, featured actor Will Ferrell and other guests roasting Trump and his allies.

At the 100-day mark, polls suggest that Trump's supporters during the campaign remain largely in his corner. "Historically, the President usually performs at the White House Correspondents; Dinner, but I think I speak for all of us when I say he's done far too much bombing this month". "It's a sign to the rest of the world, it's this wonderful tradition, that even the president is not beyond the reach of the First Amendment".

The host of her namesake show on TBS says she's contributing proceeds from her "Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner" event on Saturday to the Committee to Protect Journalists because it "seemed very logical". "Not tweet, not tell us about your thoughts and prayers". We care deeply about it.

Trump ended his speech with the rousing promise: "We will make America strong again, we will make American wealthy again, we will make America prosper again, we will make America safe again we will make American great again".

"Freedom of the press is a building block of our democracy".

Her event in Washington comes hours before the traditional White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

The official WHCA dinner began in 1921.

Late-night TV star Samantha Bee has organized the first "Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner".

None of the White House staff were present on the occasion in support of the President's decision.

Trump's first 100 days have also been plagued with controversy, from appointing his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner to key White House posts to dealing with allegations of possible ties between some of his campaign aides and Russian Federation. He'll be in Pennsylvania later Saturday for a rally. "And I'll be so angry at Congressman (Mike) Kelly and Congressman (Tom) Marino and all of our congressmen in this room if we don't get that damn thing passed quickly".

The evening was not without humor aimed at the press and Trump. Instead, he's planning to be in Pennsylvania for a rally.

Several media organisations withdrew from the dinner in protest of Trump's treatment of the media before Trump decided he would not attend.

There will be an entertainer as master of ceremonies: Hasan Minhaj of "The Daily Show". In 1981, Ronald Reagan who could not attend it following an assassination attempt, phoned in with jokes about the media.

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