Breaking #FoxNews Alert : President Trump cancels White House Christmas party for the press
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) December 13, 2018
From Fox News:
President Trump has canceled the White House holiday party for the media, making the decades-old tradition a victim of his increasingly contentious relationship with major news organizations.
The annual Christmas-season gathering was a significant perk for those covering the White House, as well as other Washington reporters, anchors and commentators, and New York media executives would regularly fly in for the occasion. At its peak, the invitation-only soirees grew so large that there were two back-to-back events, one for broadcast outlets and one for print organizations.
Last year some journos boycotted the event:
@FoxNews EXCLUSIVE: President Trump cancelling White House Holiday Press Party. Last year there was one, POTUS & First Lady didn't pose for pictures. Some media outlets boycotted the event. https://t.co/pMgwJ6qjSe
— JimMacKayOnAir (@JimMacKayOnAir) December 13, 2018
Frequent Trump target April Ryan, for example, didn’t go last year and wasn’t planning on going this year as well:
Like last year, I wasn’t planning on going. I don’t break bread w/people who don’t like me. I feel sorry for those who wanted 2 go. Party on? The White House’s holiday press soiree may be a ghost of Christmas past – The Washington Post https://t.co/6M3xD6VPUG
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) December 9, 2018
But the president is invited to Friday’s unofficial White House Press Corps Christmas party in the basement:
No big surprise here.
But hey we’re still having our own party in the WH basement tomorrow so, Trump is welcome to stop by if he wants to. https://t.co/CpLeG9U9b9
— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) December 13, 2018