10 memorable lines from comedian Hasan Minhaj at the WHCA dinner

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 12, 2017

The Daily Show's Hasan Minhaj took the stage at the 2017 White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday night and addressed President Donald Trump's absence nearly immediately.

Mr Baquet was referring to President Donald Trump's claim, made to an adoring crowd at a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania the day before, that the New York Times had to apologise for the way it had covered Mr Trump during the presidential campaign.

At the rally in Harrisburg, the president said the media should be given "a big, fat, failing grade" over their coverage of his achievements during his first 100 days and told the cheering crowd he was "thrilled to be more than 100 miles from Washington". But, the "Daily Show" comedian Hasan Minhaj was in no mood to let it go quietly.

It was part of a good, but odd, performance from the comedian, who was hampered by the fact that the person he spent the most time making fun of - President Donald Trump himself - wasn't in the room.

Trump also specifically called out CNN and MSNBC as "fake news" but still said they'd rather be watching him than be at the dinner.

The last president to decline an invitation to the dinner was Ronald Reagan in 1981 - when he was recovering from an assassination attempt.

Although United States President Donald Trump might have given the White House Correspondents' Dinner a miss but his presence was felt throughout the event.

'The leader of our country is not here.

Instead of the typical roasts - presidents of both parties have delivered their own zingers for years - the event returned to its traditional roots of recognizing reporters' work and handing out student scholarships as famed journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein presented awards.

C-SPAN broadcast the dinner in its entirety, as they did a march in Washington earlier Saturday where an estimated 200,000 people protested Trump's climate policy.

"It's a very long flight, it's a Saturday". Talking about MSNBC and their coverage of Russian Federation and Trump he said, "I want to root for you guys, but you're turning into conspiracy theorists. And I'm going to invite all my friends!'" Gutfeld said. "That's why you've got to be on your game".

There's a thinner presence of celebrities and other famous faces at this year's White House Correspondents' Association dinner. But, as he put it, Bush "took his lumps" and dealt with it-even when that meant listening to Stephen Colbert mercilessly mock him during his own historically harsh White House Correspondents' Dinner in 2006.

"In the age of Trump, I know that you guys have to be more ideal now, more than ever, because you are where the president gets his news", he joked.

Bee tells The Associated Press in an interview: "We're doing an event that celebrates the freedom of the press".

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