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President Trump is telling members of his administration to skip the White House Correspondents' Dinner

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President Donald Trump has reportedly been ordering members of his administration not to attend the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner.

Here's what we know

While Trump has never attended a Correspondents' Dinner while in office, members of his administration have gone.

Last year, comedian Michelle Wolf mocked press secretary Sarah Sanders for burning "facts" and using "that ash to create the perfect smokey eye. Like, maybe she's born with it, maybe it's lies. It's probably lies." After the dinner, CNN reporter Laura Jarrett (the daughter of Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, described Wolf's comments to Sanders as "uncomfortable," "brutal," and "cringeworthy I think at best"

The year before this incident, White House officials had voluntarily boycotted the dinner out of support for Trump.

On April 30, 2018, Trump tweeted that the dinner was "a total disaster and embarrassment to our great Country."

This year, rather than have another comedian at the dinner as has been tradition, the White House Correspondents' Association will have presidential historian Ron Chernow speak. Chernow has written a number of well respected historical books including one on former President Ulysses B. Grant and the biography of Alexander Hamilton that inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway musical.

"The President and members of his administration will not attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner this year," the White House said in a written statement, according to USA Today.

According to CNN, members of his staff have been trying to talk him out of ordering them not to attend.

This year's dinner will be held on Saturday. Instead of attending the dinner, Trump is planning to hold a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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