Trump skips US correspondents’ dinner
There’s a thinner presence of celebrities and other famous faces at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.
Saturday evening’s red carpet featured names largely from the world of journalism and government.
Among the guests are longtime Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, his former colleague Carl Bernstein as well as former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
The guests arrived at the Washington Hilton as President Donald Trump was on his way to his own competing rally-style event in Pennsylvania. He is the first president to skip the event in decades.
With Trump’s absence, WHCA dinner organisers say they’re putting the focus on the First Amendment and the role of the press in a democracy.
The reporters who exposed the Watergate scandal, Woodward and Bernstein, will present journalism awards. Woodward told The Washington Post the two planned to speak about “the First Amendment and the importance of aggressive but fair reporting”.