Facts about the White House Correspondents' Dinner

White House Correspondents’ dinner 2018: Who’s going, who’s not, when and where to watch

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Here’s what to know about this weekend’s dinner.

Who is hosting?

“The Daily Show” correspondent Michelle Wolf is hosting the dinner, marking the second time in a row that a correspondent from the show has hosted the event. Wolf appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” April 16 and taunted Trump about coming to the dinner, saying, “I dare you, you poor little man. I'll give you five dollars if you come.”  

Comedian Michelle Wolf is hosting the 2018 White House Correspondents’ dinner. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Will the President Donald Trump be there?

No, and nor will first lady Melania Trump. President Donald Trump said it was “probably pretty unlikely” that he would be at the dinner during an interview with WABC radio earlier this month. It was confirmed that he would skip the event soon after.

“The White House has informed us that the president does not plan to participate in this year’s dinner but that he will actively encourage members of the executive branch to attend and join us as celebrate the First Amendment,” Margaret Talev, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, said in an April 6 statement

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Trump also skipped the dinner in 2017. Like last year, he will hold a rally. 

“While the fake news media will be celebrating themselves with the denizens of Washington society in the swamp that evening, President Trump will be in a completely different Washington, celebrating our national economic revival with patriotic Americans,” Trump campaign chief operating officer Michael Glassner said in a release, CNN reported.

Who is going?

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is attending as a representative of the administration and will be at the head table. ABC News reported that Kathy Griffin, who suffered a hit to her career when she posed in a photo with her holding a severed head that looked like Trump’s, will also be there. Others who may attend the dinner have not been announced or confirmed. 

Where can I see the event? 

The dinner is typically livestreamed on C-SPAN and on various news organizations’ YouTube channels. The dinner is at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time. 

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