President Donald Trump has pulled the plug on the decades-old White House Christmas party for members of the media, Fox News reported Thursday.
Trump himself canceled the annual holiday gathering, making “the decades-old tradition a victim of his increasingly contentious relationship with major news organizations,” Fox News’ Howard Kurtz reported Thursday morning.
President Trump cancels White House Christmas party for the press https://t.co/ZCwe3oy1mG
— Fox News Alert (@foxnewsalert) December 13, 2018
CNN boycotted the event in 2017.
“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,” a CNN spokesperson said at the time. “We will send a White House reporting team to the event and report on it if news warrants,”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders celebrated CNN’s decision in a tweet:
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 29, 2017
The cancelation comes a month after the White House’s decision to revoke CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass. Acosta’s press credentials were returned after the news network brought the case to court.
Trump has also repeatedly labeled the press as the “enemy of the people” this year.
Kurtz reports that “selected media people generally favorable to Trump, including a few Fox News hosts” have been invited to “a full panoply of other parties this holiday season.”