In an interview that aired Friday on WABC Radio's "Bernie and Sid" radio show, Trump said he was unlikely to attend the annual dinner, calling the press “so bad” and “so fake.”
“I want to get it straightened out with the press before I do it,” he said.
Trump also skipped the dinner last year, opting instead to hold a rally in Pennsylvania.
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The last president to skip the event was Ronald Reagan, who missed the dinner in 1981 after being shot in an assassination attempt days earlier. Still, Reagan called into the event.
President Richard Nixon also skipped the dinner twice.
The annual dinner, a fundraiser for college scholarships and a venue for reporting awards, mixes politicians, journalists and celebrities and is typically attended by the president and first lady. Remarks by a comedian, often roasting the president, and a humorous address by the president himself, often roasting the press and political opponents, have highlighted the event.
Officials with the White House Correspondents’ Association announced in February that comedian Michelle Wolf will host this year’s dinner.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.