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Kennedy Center 'Grateful' Trump Will Not Attend Awards Ceremonies

Kennedy Center 'Grateful' Trump Will Not Attend Awards Ceremonies
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By    |   Saturday, 19 August 2017 09:43 AM

Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein and President Deborah F. Rutter released a statement on Saturday in which they said they were "grateful" President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump would not attend this year's awards events in December.

"The Kennedy Center respects the decision made today by the office of the President of the United States. In choosing not to participate in this year's Honors activities, the Administration has graciously signaled its respect for the Kennedy Center and ensures the Honors gala remains a deservingly special moment for the Honorees. We are grateful for this gesture," the statement posted on Twitter said.

The White House announced early Saturday the president and first lady would not attend this year's Kennedy Center arts awards in order to "allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction."

On Friday, the entire membership of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities resigned in protest to Trump's comments about last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

This year's honorees for the dinner and awards ceremony on December 2 and the Honors Gala the next day are Carmen de Lavallade, Gloria Estefan, LL Cool J, Norman Lear and Lionel Ritchie, all of whom are expected to attend.

The statement also said the pre-gala reception at the White House would not take place this year.

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