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White House Says No Plans for Holiday Party with Media

The official White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room during the 2018 Christmas Press Preview at the White House in Washington, D.C., November 26, 2018. (Leah Millis/Reuters)

The White House on Thursday said it has no plans to hold a holiday party for the press, ending a tradition that stretches back decades, according to reports.

“The White House Christmas press party was not put on the holiday schedule this year,” a White House official said, according to Politico. “We have accommodated members of the media and their families who have asked to see the holiday decorations.”

The administration held the party last Christmas, but the President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump only made a brief appearance at the gathering to address the reporters in attendance. The move to skip the party this year marks the latest snub by the White House of members of the media, with whom the Trump administration has a famously contentious relationship.

Trump has continually attacked reporters since bursting onto the national political scene when he announced his presidential campaign in 2015, and as president has railed against “fake news” and called the media the “enemy of the American people.” Last month the White House also briefly suspended CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass after an acrimonious confrontation between Acosta and Trump during a press conference.

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