CNN Skipping White House Christmas Party, Trump Celebrates

Jim Acosta of CNN waits to do a live shot following the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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CNN will skip the White House Christmas party, Politico first reported Tuesday, drawing celebration from the President and his press secretary.

An CNN spokesperson told TPM: “CNN will not be attending this year’s White House Christmas party.”

“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,” the spokesperson continued. “We will send a White House reporting team to the event and report on it if news warrants.”

President Donald Trump and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders celebrated the news.

The administration’s attacks against CNN and other large news outlets — with the exception of Fox News — have spiked in recent days, most notably on the President’s favorite social media platform.

This post has been updated.

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