The annual White House Correspondents dinner is scheduled for this evening in Washington D.C., but the guest of honor will be elsewhere.
Instead of breaking bread with the White House Correspondents, the majority of whom spend their days trashing the President, Trump will attend a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
The last time a President missed the dinner was in 1981 when President Ronald Reagan missed the dinner after he had been the victim of an attempted assassination a few weeks earlier.
Reagan did make a phone-in appearance at the dinner when he called and made one his trademark jokes about the attempt on his life.
If I could give you just one little bit of advice when somebody tells you to get in a car quick, do it.
— President Ronald Reagan
The press and Donald Trump have a long history of mutual dislike, and it made no sense to the President to attend an event with people that, for the most part, he has no use for.