"They're like novelists. I call them novelists".
The decision was unsurprising given Mr Trump's strained relationship with the media. But Trump insisted the issue was with the "Fake News Media".
But in 2017, Trump, who frequently complains about media coverage of his administration, said he would sit out the event, adding that reporters had treated him unfairly.
And unlike past year, when members of the Trump administration also skipped the dinner in solidarity with their boss, Trump "will actively encourage" executive branch folks to go, Talev said.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be attending the event and sitting at the head table. A survey of media reports by the Media Research Center showed that news coverage on ABC, CBS, and NBC was more than 90 percent negative in September, October, and November past year. "The April 28 dinner celebrates award-winning reporting, scholarship winners and the vital role of the First Amendment and the free press in American democracy".
The televised event requires the president to smile through remarks by a comedian - who typically roasts the president - as well as deliver a humorous address, teasing the press and political opponents.
However, unlike past year, senior administration officials, including White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, would be attending the dinner.
Trump finished up the segment by saying he "probably" won't do the dinner again.
Trump did not elaborate on what he meant by that.
In previous years, the dinner has been marked by a large celebrity presence, but the star power it attracts has noticeably declined since Trump took office. "I'm very excited to come here and ruin your evening in person". Trump will also encourage other senior administration officials to attend the dinner as opposed to the year prior where no members of the administration were in attendance.