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President Trump escalated his ongoing feud with the media on Saturday by announcing he won’t be going to the White House Correspondents Association Dinner in April.

“I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!” Trump tweeted Saturday.

Trump has been locked in a war with the media for most of his time as a politician, going so far as to call the news media the “enemy of the American people” last week.

In recent days, reports began circulating that some media organizations were considering whether to hold their traditional parties during the weekend or even attend the dinner whatsoever.

The dinner is traditionally a night for the media and the politicians they cover to get together over dinner and drinks to share a few laughs. The president typically does a comedic speech followed by a famous comedian who roasts everyone with jokes at the dinner.

Trump himself was the butt of a number of jokes in 2011, both from President Obama and comedian Seth Myers. While the crowd laughed, Trump sat through the dinner stone-faced and it’s been said that he decided at that moment to run for president as a way to get back at the establishment types laughing at him.

On Friday, controversy erupted at Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer excluding a number of mainstream outlets from a small on-the-record meeting at the White House. Jeff Mason, a correspondent for Reuters who leads the White House Correspondents Association, said the association was unhappy about the situation.

“The WHCA board is protesting strongly against how today’s gaggle is being handled by the White House,” Mason said in a statement. “We encourage the organizations that were allowed in to share the material with others in the press corps who were not. The board will be discussing this further with White House staff.”

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“I could not be happier for him, or for the Republican Party!”, the president tweeted.

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