Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on Saturday told CNN he thought there "might be a little bit of a thaw occuring" among the Trump administration and the news media and predicted the president's attendance at next year's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner.
"President Trump is being President Trump," Priebus said when asked why Trump wasn't at the WHCA for the second year in a row. "I hate to say it, but he's playing the media like a fiddle like he always does. He's doing his thing tonight. I think he's doing a great job by getting out and talking to the people. But having his staff here and mingling with the press is a good thing, too."
When asked why staffers were attending this year, Priebus responded: "I think there might be a little bit of a thaw occurring in the West Wing, maybe next year President Trump's going to be here, but I think this way the president gets it both ways, he gets the coverage tonight."
The annual event held at the White House normally includes the president, journalists, power brokers and celebrities, but Trump didn't attend last year, the first time a president skipped the Washington tradition since 1981, and this year opted to hold a campaign-style rally in Michigan.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is reprenting him at the dinner, along with other White House aides.
Trump has constantly clashed with the media, at one point calling them "the enemy of the American people."
But Priebus said both sides benefit because, "Trump sells."
"I think there's too much -- too much animosity, but from my standpoint, the press is pretty obsessed with Trump and they go out of their way to bring up any negative that they can, but I also think they do it because there is a lot of money to be made. I mean, Trump sells. 24/7 Trump makes money for everyone involved and I think that's why a lot of this stuff is happening."
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