Bloomberg News on Friday announced that it was scrapping plans to host a party for the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.
Speaking through its spokesperson, the news giant announced that it is pulling the plug on the soiree:
“We surveyed some of the past attendees and didn’t get as much interest in a party this year as we’ve had in the past, so we decided to focus on the dinner and the WHCA.”
Bloomberg still is planning to send representatives to the dinner itself.
The event being canceled is an exclusive affair that the news outlet hosts immediately following the dinner, with tickets to the party considered a hot commodity even among Washington’s VIPs.
The soiree is only the latest party to get scrapped in the wake of President Trump’s historically hostile relationship with the press.
Earlier this month, both The New Yorker and Vanity fair announced that they were canceling plans for their parties for that night. Vanity Fair’s editor, Graydon Carter, who has famously had a long-running feud with Trump since mocking the size of the President’s hand many years ago, told the New York Times that the reasons behind the cancellation were “Trump” and “the fish.”
On Friday, Buzzfeed reported that CNN is mulling skipping the dinner altogether. “We haven’t made a decision on it yet,” a CNN spokesperson said to Buzzfeed. CNN sources have said that the news giant will either way support the WHCA and will not do anything to hurt the association’s scholarship program.
The White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner is set for April 29.