Twenty-four hours after comedian Michelle Wolf raided Trump and his assistants on television, Trump said the annual correspondent's food was "embarrassing." He called Wolf's stand-up act "dirty".
"Rest the dinner or start again!" he tweeted.
That's unlikely to happen. But the association issued a rare statement on Sunday evening expressing regret over Wolf's performance.
The association's president, Margaret Talev, did not apologize, as some Trump allies and Washington journalists wanted, but she said the roast was out of order with the group's mission.
"Last night's program was meant to convey a binding message about our shared commitment to an energetic and free press, while acknowledging courtesy, great reports and fellows, so as not to split people," Talev said. "Unfortunately, the monologue of the entertainer was not in the spirit of this mission."
But others defend Wolf and say she spoke the truth to power. The debate is a microcosm of ongoing arguments over the right tone of Trump White House's criticism.
Wolf's slippery routine, featuring White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, President Kellyanne Conway's adviser, and the news media itself, was greeted by the audience of journalists and guests with a mixture of laughter and uncomfortable silence] Sunday morning there was a lot of research. One side lamented the liberal intolerance. The other side attacked conservative victim role. The indignation over Wolf's jokes about Sanders met with criticism of Sanders' appearance on the podium in the meeting room.
Fox News & # 39; Ed Henry, NBC News & # 39; Andrea Mitchell and other prominent correspondents called on the association to apologize for Wolf's act for the most controversial parts of the film.
But Talev stopped making an appearance on CNN's "Reliable Sources " to excuse.
She acknowledged that "the comedian is pondering on the press corps, but I do not think the comedian speaks for the press corps."
Talev, a correspondent from Bloomberg News, who is also a CNN analyst, said she regrets: "In a way, these 1
Talev also pointed out Comics routinely aim for shock and surprise. "Comedy is supposed to provoke thoughts and debates, and it sure has," she said.
Talev's Sunday night email to members indicated that change might be imminent. She said she and Olivier Knox of SiriusXM, the association's next president, "are required to hear from members what views they have about the format of the future dinner."
Trump's tweet came about half an hour later.
"The White House dinner was a failure last year, but this year was a disgrace to anyone connected with it," he wrote.
Trump decided to skip both dinners and break with a decade-long presidential presidency.
The organizers of the dinner describe it as a celebration of the first amendment.
Trump's Sunday night tweet was also notable because he did not call Wolf by name – he only said, "The Dirty Comedian" was completely bombarded.
Trump added, "She could not even deliver her lines – much like Seth Meyers' poor performance.
Meyers was the comedian at the club's dinner in 2011. At the time, Trump was attending dinner at The Washington Post, with both Meyers and President Barack Obama sharply criticizing Trump in their remarks, which has since served as a motivational factor for taking office Called Trumps in 2016.
Caroline Kelly of CNN contributed to this report.