Correspondents' Association head didn't know Trump would be announcing dinner decision Friday

The idea was quickly dumped last year after the price tag of $100,000 a month from plane leasing company Nex Jet was considered prohibitively expensive

This will mark the second straight year Trump is skipping the WHCA dinner.

Mr. Trump has proved Scrooge-like when it comes to doling out formal interviews (the major broadcast networks and CNN have not sat down with him in almost a year), and his last White House news conference was in February - of 2017.

The White House said Mr Trump will "actively encourage" members of his administration to attend the dinner which celebrates the First Amendment of freedom of speech and religion in the United States Constitution.

Talev said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders will attend to represent the administration at the head table.

Trump said Friday in a radio interview on "Bernie & Sid in the Morning" that he "probably" wouldn't attend the event this year, just as he skipped it last year.

The White House is trying to clarify President Trump's comment about women being raped while trying to enter the US illegally.

Last year, Trump skipped the gathering in favor of holding a campaign-style political rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania during which he told a crowd to chants and boos that he'd rather be with regular people than a bunch of celebrities and media elites "consoling each other in a hotel ballroom". Pictured above is Trump at the White House on April 5, 2018.

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Amid his and his press office's antagonistic relationships with the news media, the president did not attend the annual gala previous year either.

When members of the media gather in a Washington ballroom on April 28, President Donald Trump won't be joining them.

The president, a well-known critic of mainstream media, has recently intensified his attacks on news outlets like The Washington Post.

Mr. Trump's nine-minute appearance on WABC was not exactly an outlier when it comes to high-ranking administration officials making time for local NY programming.

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