CNN to boycott White House Christmas party

Marsha Scott
November 30, 2017

"Merry Christmas and Happy New Year", says the card signed by President Donald Trump, the first lady and Barron, their 11-year-old son.

First Lady Melania and 11-year-old Barron Trump accepted the official Christmas tree from a Wisconsin farm and it was placed in the White House Blue Room on November 20. "In light of the president's continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN, we do not feel it is appropriate to celebrate with him as his invited guests".

US First Lady Melania Trump stands in the Grand Foyer as she tours Christmas decorations at the White House in Washington, DC on November 27, 2017.

News of CNN's plans to boycott the event was greeted positively by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

Trump's attacks on news stations that don't tout flattering news about his presidency have been relentless.

News of the Christmas party boycott, follows an opinion piece on the CNN's website Sunday, in which writers Hossein Derakhshan and Claire Wardle called for scrapping the term "fake news".

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The event, which is scheduled for Friday at 2:00 p.m. EST, is typically a chance for members of the press to mingle with White House staff in a less aggressive setting than press conferences. On Monday, he tweeted that CNN should be in the running to win a "FAKE NEWS TROPHY!" "The outside world does not see the truth from them!"

The network has waged a campaign pushing back against Trump's attack.

In addition to the tweet about CNN International, Trump also tweeted on Monday: 'We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me). "Victor to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!" wrote the president.

The network announced on Tuesday that it would be not be attending the party amid tensions between the administration and the news organization.

FLOTUS also caught some flak for spending time in the bedazzled East Room with kids from Joint Base Andrews, and especially one moment when a student stated that Melania Trump "seriously looks like an angel" in her white Dior frock. "They don't use the word Christmas because it's not politically correct", he said to cheers.

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