WASHINGTON – The reports are in: President Donald Trump gave the comedian a thumbs down who roasted his main speaker at the White House Correspondents' Association's annual dinner, offending current present and former members of his administration, including one who went protesting.
The leader of the organization said she regretted that Michelle Wolf's routine could define an evening designed to gather journalism.
WHCA President Margaret Talev said she heard "of members expressing consternation over the entertainer's monologue and concerns about how they reflect our mission". She said she would work with the future president of the group and go forward with comments from members on their views on the format of the dinner.
Trump joined the critics.
"Everyone's talking about the White House Correspondent Dinner being a very big, boring bust … the so-called comedian really" bombarded & # 39; , Trump tweeted on Sunday.
The president, who regularly sharp attacks on the news media, including a single message Reporters and Reporters, declined to attend the Journalism Prize Dinner for the second consecutive year. Instead, he hosted an election campaign in Michigan.
Wolf is known as a contributor to Comedy Central "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah." But some of her jokes, especially a series of reluctance over the White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders as Sanders sat a few feet away and seemed to provoke the greatest outrage.
Sean Spicer, who preceded Sanders at the White House lectern, tweeted after dinner that the night was "a shame."
Others, including Ed Henry, Chief, a national correspondent for Fox News and a former association president and MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski, asked the club to apologize to Sanders. Brzezinski was the subject of personal attacks by Trump. Henry also asked Wolf to apologize.
Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, tweeted that he and his wife, Mercedes Schlapp, director of strategic communications at the White House, were leaving dinner. "The elites mock us all," he said.
Talev, the high-ranking White House correspondent, said she did not want dinner to celebrate the constitutional right to free speech, overshadowed by the outcry over Wolf Jokes.
"I only regret that these 15 minutes, in a sense, are now defining four hours of a truly wonderful Unification Night, and I do not want the cause of unity to be undercut," Talev said on Sunday on CNN's "Reliable Sources."
Talev said she talked to Sanders about Wolf's routine and "I told her that I knew that this was a big decision, whether or not I should be having dinner, and whether I was really grateful for her was there. "
" I thought it sent an important message about the role of the government and the press and was able to communicate and collaborate with each other, "added Talev.
No Trump administration official attended Trump's dinner last year, decided to skip it. However, many were in the audience on Saturday night, including counselor Kellyanne Conway, herself a target of Wolf, and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. Sanders sat with members of the club board at the head table.
Talev said that the club traditionally does not check the comedian's monologue before delivery.
"We do not censor it, we do not even see it," she said. [Wolf] tweeted "Thank you" to Spicer.
Like last year, Trump flew into a Republican-friendly neighborhood to gather supporters to counter the dinner. He assured the audience in Washington Township, Michigan, of a state he won in 2016 that he would rather be there than "this false Washington Correspondent Dinner."
Wolf's act, which also included abortion jokes, had some in the audience laughing. Others sit in dull silence.
Under Wolf's Less Pale Liners:
– "Just a reminder to everyone, I'm here to joke, I have no agenda, I'm not trying to get it all done, so all those coming from Congress should come here come, feel at home. "
-" It's kind of crazy that the Trump campaign was in contact with Russia when the Hillary campaign was not even in contact with Michigan. "19659005] -" He wants give weapons to the teachers, and I support that because they can then sell them for things they need like supplies. "
Wolf concluded with the words, "Flint still does not have clean water," a reference to the city of Michigan, where lead-acid tap water flowed into homes for 18 months before a disaster broke out in 2015.
The state recently decided to discontinue the distribution of free mineral water in Flint, as the tap water is now "good" or better than in many communities.
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