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Hasan Minhaj to Host White House Correspondents' Dinner

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In this Oct. 12, 2015, file photo, Hasan Minhaj poses for a portrait in New York. (Dan Hallman/Invision/AP, File)

By    |   Tuesday, 11 Apr 2017 01:31 PM

Hasan Minhaj from "The Daily Show" is set to host the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which President Donald Trump is boycotting.

Trump said he would not be participating in the annual dinner before a host was selected, and the White House Correspondents' Association's selection of the anti-Trump comedian as host seems to confirm the president's assumption that he would be treated badly at the event, according to Callum Borchers of The Washington Post.

The annual event is attended by the white house press corps, celebrities, and White House staff.

"It is a tremendous honor to be a part of such a historic event even though the president has chosen not to attend this year. SAD! Now more than ever, it is vital that we honor the First Amendment and the freedom of the press," Minhaj said, according to Time magazine.

"I am thrilled that Hasan will serve as our featured entertainer at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner," said Jeff Mason, the president of the White House Correspondents Association, according to the Washington Times.

"Hasan’s smarts, big heart and passion for press freedom make him the perfect fit for our event, which will be focused on the First Amendment and the importance of a robust and independent media," he added.

Minhaj has been with "The Daily Show" since 2014, and has done some notable bits on the show, including a segment where Trump is referred to as "White ISIS" and a two-part story on Syria refugees in Canada, according to Mashable.

Minhaj hosted the 2016 Radio and TV Correspondents Association’s dinner, where he took some jabs at Trump.

The White House Correspondents’ dinner will be held at the Hilton in Washington, D.C. on April 29.

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