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WHCD host praises journalists, makes clever Trump jabs

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Published on April 28, 2019 - Duration: 01:46s

WHCD host praises journalists, makes clever Trump jabs

Historian Ron Chernow, the host of the White house Correspondents' Association dinner this year, championed a free press and also made clever jabs at President Donald Trump tration on Saturday night at the Washington Hilton as Trump boycotted the event again.

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WHCD host praises journalists, makes clever Trump jabs

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Historian Ron Chernow, the host of the White house Correspondents' Association dinner this year, championed a free press and also made clever jabs at President Donald Trump on Saturday night at the Washington Hilton as Trump boycotted the event again.

"As you all know on Tuesday, the president let it be known that he wanted members of his administration to stay away from this dinner and at first, I was puzzled by this news, but then I learned that a rumor was circulating in Washington that I was going to be reading allowed from the redacted portions of the Mueller report and everything was explained," Chernow joked.

Chernow also said, "People are taking their comedians seriously and their politicians as a joke and that certainly describes our topsy-turvy moment." Although there were few celebrities and not as many elected officials this year, the event was still sold out.

Chernow is the author of "Alexander Hamilton," on which the Broadway sensation was based.

His 30-minute keynote was humorous, insightful and even inspirational, drawing two standing ovations as he put in historical context the Trump presidency and what he called "this surreal interlude in American life." Trump barred White House staff and members of his administration from attending this year's White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

Trump held a political rally in Wisconsin, the same night as the dinner.

Trump, who has denounced the mainstream news media as "fake news" and routinely directs his supporters to watch the Fox News Channel, has not attended the dinner since he became president in January 2017.

The White House Correspondents' Association dinner has been attended by presidents most years since the organization was founded in 1914.

The group raises money for scholarships and honors the U.S. Constitution's "freedom of the press" First Amendment.

In recent decades, the group has had a comedian as entertainment, but comedian Michelle Wolf's lampooning of White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who was seated nearby during the performance, drew so much criticism last year that the association this year decided to bring in Chernow.

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