(ap) – Aide: Trump not elected to spend time with reporters, celebs – February 26, 2017

Yesterday, February 25, 2017, President Donald Trump took to Twitter and said he’ll not be at the White House Correspondence Dinner.

The annual fundraiser for college scholarships mixes politicians, journalists and celebrities. It is used to rais money for scholarships for future reporters.
This is what Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told ABC’s This Week per the transcript.
“STEPHANOPOULOS: Final question, we heard yesterday in the president’s tweet, he’s not going to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Why?

SANDERS: George, I think it’s safe to say I think we all spend enough time around each other as it is. But, look, this wasn’t a president that was elected to spend his time with reporters and celebrities, this is a president who campaigned on speaking directly to Americans, and that’s what he’s going to spend his time doing.

I think it’s — kind of naive of us to think that we can all walk into a room for a couple of hours and pretend that some of that tension isn’t there. You know, one of the things we say in the south if a Girl Scout egged your house, would you buy cookies from her? I think that this is a pretty similar scenario. There’s no reason for him to go in and sit and pretend like this is going to be just another Saturday night.

I think he’s very focused on protecting our borders, national security, growing our economy, and instead of spending a night doing that, I think he’ll spend the night focused on what he can do to help better America.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Pretty straight answer. I think a lot would argue the eggs have gone both ways on that. But we’re going to have to leave it there today.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, thanks very much” This Week, 2017.)
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