US President Donald Trump marked his 100th day in office in a rally in Pennsylvania, where he focused on his long-running antagonism with the news media and also touted his administration's "historic progress", a report said.
"Together we are seeing that great achievements are possible when we put American people first", Trump said in his weekly radio and internet address.
Bee has been clear (in my interview with her and elsewhere) that she initially made a decision to move forward with Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner because she and her Full Frontal staff thought there might not be a dinner at all this year, and they wanted to make sure that void would be filled.
"I could not possibly be more thrilled than to be more than 100 miles away", he told a crowd in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, calling out The New York Times, CNN and MSNBC by name.
Trump's rally in Harrisburg attracted thousands of supporters, and the president used the opportunity to jab the media. But he might also, he said, attend the correspondents' dinner and make it "more exciting for them". "Others may disagree about that". This weekend alone, he has shown us he is not interested in uniting the country, inspiring action and fashioning a bright American future.
- "Who would have thought that, with everything going on in the country now, that a Muslim would be standing on this stage for the 9th year in a row". The Saturday spectacle in this swing state was politics practiced as a dark art, created to entertain the crowd while distracting from the cruel fact that Trump hasn't been able to fulfill his campaign pledges.
In Washington, WHCA President Jeff Mason defended press freedom even as he acknowledged this year's dinner had a different feel, saying attempts to undermine the media was risky for democracy.
In addition to speaking at the rally, Trump signed two executive orders in Harrisburg, one directing a review all U.S. trade agreements and the second establishing the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy.
"Welcome to the series finale of the White House correspondents' dinner", Minhaj, who plays a correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" program, told the crowd. Ronald Reagan didn't attend in 1981 because he was recovering from injuries sustained in an assassination attempt. Richard Nixon was the last president to skip the dinner completely.
Yes, the dinner lacked the Hollywood stars of years past.
So unless you are Trump himself, watch and enjoy the roasting (above)!
Minhaj took on the president's dire social media usage.
It's not clear whether the first 100 days is of particular importance to the president.
Trump's rally Saturday night in Harrisburg offered a familiar recapitulation of what he and aides have argued for days are administration successes, including the successful confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, his Cabinet choices and the approval of construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
- "Historically, the President performs at the Correspondent's Dinner, but I think I speak for all of us when I say he's done far too much bombing this month".