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Trump Blames Media for Not Attending White House Correspondents' Dinner

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By    |   Monday, 02 May 2016 10:08 AM

Donald Trump says he skipped the joke-a-second White House Correspondents' Dinner because he felt the media wouldn't give him a fair shake in reporting about his reaction to it.

"The press is very dishonest and therefore it's easiest not to go," Trump said Monday in a phone interview with Chris Cuomo on CNN's "New Day" program.

"I would have loved to have gone. I felt I would have a great time if I go, but no matter how great a time, I knew they obviously would be talking about me. No matter how great a time I would have, wouldn't matter.

"They would say, 'Donald Trump was humiliated. Donald Trump had a miserable time.' You know? That's what they did last time [in 2011]."

And taking a potshot at his closest rival in the race for Republican presidential race, Trump added: "The one group that lies more than Lyin' Ted Cruz is the press."

On Saturday, President Barack Obama noted Trump's absence at the rollicking media event in which reporters and politicians gather together and savagely skewer each other.

"I am a little hurt he's not here tonight. We had so much fun the last time. It is surprising. You've got a room full of reporters, celebrities, cameras, and he says, 'no'. Is this dinner too tacky for the Donald?" the commander-in-chief quipped.

Trump told Cuomo that regardless of what the media said about his 2011 attendance, he enjoys the event.
 
"The time I went, [the president] went after me and then [Seth Meyers] went after me. Honestly, I had a great time," he said.

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