Report: Trump Cancels White House Holiday Party For The Press

WASHINGTON D.C. - NOVEMBER 28: President Donald Trump speaks as first lady Melania Trump looks on during the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony held by the National Park Service at the Ellipse near the White H... WASHINGTON D.C. - NOVEMBER 28: President Donald Trump speaks as first lady Melania Trump looks on during the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony held by the National Park Service at the Ellipse near the White House on November 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. This is the 96th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. (Photo by Pool-Oliver Contreras/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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President Donald Trump cancelled the annual White House holiday party for members of the media, Fox News’ Howard Kurtz reported Thursday.

The White House has not announced or confirmed the cancellation, according to Kurtz and a spokesperson did not immediately return TPM’s request for comment.

Trump and the first lady hosted the party last year, but broke with the decade-old tradition of posing for photos with guests.

The White House is set to host a variety of other holiday parties this year and some media members who are “generally favorable to Trump” have been invited to those events, in Kurtz’s words.

The move is hardly surprising given Trump’s contentious relationship with the press that has only heightened in recent weeks after the White House stripped CNN correspondent Jim Acosta of his press credentials and CNN sued the White House over ┬áthe ban.

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