The organization said, though, that Trump "will actively encourage members of the executive branch to attend and join us as we celebrate the First Amendment". While there was hope that Trump would attend this year's dinner, he said finally on Friday morning that he "probably won't" come. He called the media "so bad" and "so fake", adding, "I want to get it straightened out with the press before I do it".
The annual event is ostensibly held to celebrate the First Amendment and award scholarships to promising journalism students, but is generally overshadowed by its reputation as a glitzy social event. Obama had mocked Trump for his continued suspicion over the authenticity of the former president's birth place while Meyers made fun of him for his decision to run for the presidency as well as his white identity.
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"Donald Trump has been saying that he will run for President as a Republican - which is surprising, since I just assumed that he was running as a joke", Meyers told the crowd.
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Traditionally, the event is attended by the president and vice president - and typically features self-satirizing skits and speeches.