President Donald Trump will be holding a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin instead of attending this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner, marking his third year not in attendance at the event.
The president announced in early April that he would hold a rally on April 27 instead of joining the White House Correspondents Association for their annual celebration of journalists, however he did not say where the rally would take place. (RELATED: Trump To Skip WH Correspondents Dinner, Will Hold Rally Instead)
“The dinner is so boring and so negative that we’re going to hold a very positive rally instead,” Trump said. “The correspondents’ dinner is too negative. I like positive things.”
Trump campaign officials announced Tuesday that the president would be campaigning in Wisconsin.
“We will broadcast it live so millions can watch @realDonaldTrump instead of the boring WHCD,” campaign manager Brad Parscale said. “This dinner is almost worse than Hollywood’s endless self-serving award shows.”
This will be an EPIC rally in Green Bay Wisconsin on April 27th! We will broadcast it live so millions can watch @realDonaldTrump instead of the boring WHCD. This dinner is almost worse than Hollywood’s endless self-serving award shows. https://t.co/k6IZEtmrQ7
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) April 16, 2019
We are announcing a @realDonaldTrump rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin on April 27th.
“President Trump looks forward to sharing the successes of his administration with the great people of Wisconsin,” said @michaelglassner.@TeamTrump pic.twitter.com/b3PeP2HVdX
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) April 16, 2019
Trump has declined to attend any of the White House Correspondents Dinners since taking office, citing the constant negative or “fake” stories about him in the press. Senior administration officials attended in the president’s stead last year, but left with a sour taste in their mouths after comedienne Michelle Wolf attacked White House press secretary Sarah Sanders’ appearance and implied that she hoped a tree would fall on White House adviser Kellyanne Conway.
The WHCA opted to have a presidential historian deliver the dinner’s address this year so as to avoid potential fallout from another comedian attacking the president and his officials.