President Donald Trump responded to petulant journalists boycotting the annual White House holiday party for the media by cancelling the event entirely.
While the news may not be a surprise given the president’s often contentious relationship with the press that loves to hate him, the move was not an expected one or announced by the White House ahead of the cancellation, according to a Fox News report published Thursday.
Breaking #FoxNews Alert : President Trump cancels White House Christmas party for the press
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) December 13, 2018
The decades-old tradition of the holiday gathering brought members of broadcast outlets and print organizations together in what had grown to be quite a sizable event, at one point even requiring back-to-back parties to accommodate all the guests.
You’re a mean one, Mr. Trump. https://t.co/Dlmvvnya6n
— jon gabriel (@exjon) December 13, 2018
The much-anticipated soiree was held last year but the president and First Lady Melania Trump did not pose for pictures – a significant perk of past parties. Instead, the Trumps made a brief appearance with the president making a few remarks welcoming the guests who included Washington reporters, anchors and commentators as well as the press covering the White House.
According to Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz,” Howard Kurtz:
Journalists who attended the events, which featured a catered buffet of lamb chops, crab claws and elaborate desserts, got to roam the decorated mansion with a spouse or other family member, a friend or a colleague, adding to the invitation’s allure.
But the biggest fringe-benefit was the picture-taking sessions, in which the president and first lady would patiently pose with guests and briefly chat with them in front of a Christmas tree, with the White House sending out the photos — copies of which were invariably sent home to mom. This would take a couple of hours, with long lines snaking across the building’s first floor. Bill Clinton even posed for pictures with journalists days after he was impeached.
But some media outlets bent on making a statement, boycotted the event last year. Even before the decision came to light about the demise of this year’s party, some were already grandstanding, like vocal anti-Trumper, April Ryan.
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
The CNN contributor and White House Correspondent for American Urban Radio Network claimed she wasn’t planning to go, but she actually never received an invitation.
Plenty of liberal media types who claimed they didn’t care sure seemed to take the news of the cancellation hard:
The War against Christmas is Back Onhttps://t.co/FIyYEP7oLY
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) December 13, 2018
I would not attend even if it was not cancelled. https://t.co/XLlJWeJAZT
— Ksenija Pavlovic McAteer (@ksenijapavlovic) December 13, 2018
What a bitter, self-centred, angry, obstinate, temper tantrum throwing dick this guy is. Yeah. I said it. https://t.co/OHzRdLaZC1
— Kathleen Smith (@KikkiPlanet) December 13, 2018
.@MELANIATRUMP @FLOTUS instead of attacking journalists, you should be asking your husband why he is so hostile to immigrants, refugees, & foreigners who are already marginalized. It's the least you can do—seeing as though under his Admin., you'd never have been allowed here.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) December 13, 2018
FINALLY, the leader of the War on Christmas surfaces. Who radicalized him? The Grinch?
— Holly Figueroa O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) December 13, 2018
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) December 13, 2018
It will be a long day for you, Ms. Molloy from Media Matters.
CNN declared ‘Bah, humbug!’ last year as the network en masse decided to boycott the event as a protest against Trump. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders offered a sassy reaction to the news.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 29, 2017
The president’s decision to cancel the traditional event came amid his choice to not attend the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner again. And it follows a year of especially strained relations with the press as the president frequently called out the “fake news” and the “enemy of the people” for not accurately and honestly portraying him and his administration.
Tensions escalated to a boiling point last month when the White House suspended CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass after he refused to give up the microphone at a press conference.
However, the cancellation of the media’s holiday party did not mean there would not be other festivities as Kurtz noted “the White House is in the midst of a full panoply of other parties this holiday season,” which include guests more supportive of the president.
And Trump apparently has an open invitation to the unofficial White House Press Corps Christmas party being held Friday in the White House 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
Many people seemed to support Trump’s decision to dole out some coal in Christmas stockings and took to Twitter with their reactions.
Why should you reward your enemies? https://t.co/TQXZYPdHzE
— GrrrGraphics Cartoons (@GrrrGraphics) December 13, 2018
Now the journos can understand for one day how it felt for conservatives for 8 years living under Obama’s Christmas Ban
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) December 13, 2018
Why would @realDonaldTrump have a party for people that hate him … He should have the military and law enforcement Families to Whitehouse for a Party With #FakeNewsMedia Singing “Baby it’s cold outside”
— the big fellow (@borderfox116) December 13, 2018
Saving tax dollars!
The media can throw their “journalists” a Christmas party on their own dime.
— ?? (@CandiedBacon) December 13, 2018
President Donald J. Trump has canceled the White House holiday party for the media.
I don’t blame President Trump… Why celebrate the media??? They are vicious and cruel… (Except Fox News–certain ones)
— Doris Pate (@trekkie10) December 13, 2018
Having a party for people who hate you is like sending money to a country that hates you…in cash…from an unmarked plane…in the middle of the night…… ??✌?
— talk2Melodie ツ (@talk2melodie) December 13, 2018
I don’t blame President Trump. The man can’t get a break. He is working to better America and the press can only exaggerate and condemn the man Why should he cow down to these people
— Nancy Brafford (@barnyardqueen) December 13, 2018
Trump was elected for just that: End the swamp. Stop the status quo. We the people are sick of DC.
— Troy Podoll (@tpodoll1) December 13, 2018
Yippee….. These frauds that attack the @POTUS throughout the year, don’t mind putting on their feed bags at this annual event.
— Anthony J Bruno (@ajbruno14) December 13, 2018
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