No More White House Christmas Party for Press

The White House Christmas party with the media is apparently canceled. Was this the right move?

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No more spiked eggnog, sweet red, white and blue candy canes and dancing around the merry White House Christmas tree. President Trump doesn’t seem to be in the mood for jolly gatherings and passing around the holiday cheer with White House press corps.

Amidst all the holiday frenzy, the decades-old White House Christmas party with the media has been cancelled by President Trump, according to the NY Post.

The party is known as a “glitzy affair in which journalists and staffers at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. can rub shoulders and bury the hatchet, albeit briefly,” as reported by Fox News. 

No news of the cancellation was announced from the White House, Howard Kurtz noted. And the White House didn’t respond immediately to requests for comment by The Post either. 

Interestingly enough, during last year’s event, the president and first lady didn’t pose for pictures, which is a tradition in which guests would chat with the couple near the Christmas tree.

Trump, known for calling the “fake news” media as the “enemy of the people,” has even quarreled with certain reporters in the past. CNN’s Jim Acosta is one of them, who got his credentials taken away after an aggressive exchange. 

Acosta’s press pass was restored only after the network filed a lawsuit.

Furthermore, CNN boycotted the 2017 holiday party because of the president’s “continued attacks” on journalists. 

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to CNN’s cold-shoulder move by tweeting: “Christmas comes early! Finally, good news from @CNN.”

According to the Washington Post, even CNN contributor April Ryan, who frequently clashes with Sanders, was also left off the guest list last year. It was the first time in 20 years of covering the White House that she wasn’t invited.  

Likewise, Trump also has missed the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner two years in a row now.

Now that the White House holiday party with the media is apparently called off, do you think it was the right choice? Read more about this story on the NY Post here.

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

The White House Christmas party with the media is apparently canceled. Was this the right move?

90% Ya, fake news media
10% No, it’s tradition
88% Ya, fake news media
12% No, it’s tradition
95% Ya, fake news media
5% No, it’s tradition

Ya, fake news media

No, it’s tradition

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