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Donald Trump Says He Nixed White House Correspondents’ Dinner Appearance Because They Make Stuff Up

Deadline logo Deadline 2/28/2017 Lisa de Moraes
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President Donald Trump says he decided not to attend this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner because its members “make stories up” and “create sources.”

“Over the years, you make a mistake, I fully understand when they hit you,” he said in an interview with Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends that will air Tuesday morning.

“But when they make stories up, when they create sources – ’cause I believe that sometimes they don’t have sources, you know, the sources don’t exist,” Trump continued. “Sometimes they do exist, I’m not saying all sources, but I do believe that a lot of the sources are made up. A lot of the stories are made up. I believe a lot of, the stories are pure fiction, they just pull it out of air.

“Now, with all of that being said, I just thought it would be better if I didn’t do the dinner,” Trump concluded.

Then, he added: “That doesn’t mean I’m not going to do it next year, but I just thought it would be better if I didn’t do it this year.”

Here is how Trump announced he would not attend the annual dinner, via Twitter:

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