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MAY 1, 2018

     The so-called White House correspondents lost out.  President Trump on Sunday ripped the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, calling it a “boring bust' and touting his Michigan rally, at the same time on Saturday night, a “big success.” “While Washington, Michigan, was a big success, Washington, D.C., just didn’t work,” Trump tweeted. “Everyone is talking about the fact that the White House Correspondents Dinner was a very big, boring bust...the so-called comedian really “bombed.”

     Trump for the second straight year skipped the annual Washington dinner for reporters, politicians and other famous people -- where he, like presidents before him, was the target of jokes by the host. "It's 2018 and I'm a woman, so you cannot shut me up, unless you have Michael Cohen wire me $130,000," cracked host-comedian Michelle Wolf. Wolf, the after-dinner entertainment for the White House press corps and their guests, was surprisingly racy for the venue and seemed more at home on HBO than C-SPAN. After one crass joke drew groans in the Washington Hilton ballroom, she laughed and said, "Yeah, shoulda done more research before you got me to do this."

     "Is this better than that phony Washington White House Correspondents' Dinner? Is this more fun?" Trump asked, sparking cheers.

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