Donald Trump has asked that White House correspondents’ dinner “stop” after a divisive comedy routine caused some to leave during the presentation.
The president of EE. UU He said that this year’s event was “an embarrassment to all who are associated with him” by hitting the “disgusting comedian” who attacked him and his team.
Trump, who boycotted the event for the second year, tweeted Monday: “The White House Correspondents Dinner is DEAD as we know it, this was a total disaster and a shame for our great country and everything it represents. I live and well represented and beautifully Saturday night! ”
He followed a previous tweet in which he said: “put dinner to rest, or start again!”
Michelle Wolf’s post-dinner act split the opinion, and some said the crude jokes went beyond mocking while others argued that the comedian just told the truth to power.
The White House Correspondents Dinner is DEAD as we know it. This was a total disaster and a shame for our great country and everything it represents. FAKE NEWS is alive and well represented on Saturday night.
– Donald J. Trump (@ realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2018
In particular, the comedian was criticized for her criticism of Sarah Sanders, the press secretary of the White House, which many interpreted as attacks on her appearance.
Wolf said: “I like Sarah, I think she’s very intelligent, but she burns facts and then uses that ash to create a perfect smoky eye.
“As if maybe she was born with that, maybe they’re lies.”
Addressing Ms Sanders, who attended instead of the president, she added: “Probably lies.”
Ms Sanders did not respond but was seen stony-faced.
Some White House aides at the event decided to leave early, saying the performance showed media bias against the Trump administration.
Wolf has denied that he aimed at the eyes of Mrs Sanders, and said that “all these jokes were about his despicable behaviour”.
The routine also included beatings to reporters and news organisations, but the cutest comments were met with a mixture of laughter and uncomfortable silence from the audience of journalists and guests.
For almost a century, it has been a tradition for the president to attend the annual dinner and have fun picking them.
But Trump skipped the event since his election, choosing this year to hold a political rally for supporters in Michigan instead.
Mr Trump’s attendance at the 2011 dinner, at which then-President Barack Obama and comedian Seth Meyers mocked him, has been cited as a motivating factor in his candidacy for 2016.
The White House Correspondents Association, the organisation that runs the annual event, has suggested that it could alter the format of the dinner in the future.
In an email to its members on Sunday night, “expressed regret for the controversy caused by the act after dinner.”
Margaret Talev, director of the association, said the evening “was intended to offer a unifying message about our common commitment to a vigorous and free press while honouring courtesy, excellent reporters and scholarship winners, not to divide to the people”.
“Unfortunately, the animator’s monologue was not in the spirit of that mission,” he said.
Ms Talev said the association acknowledged the concerns and added that Olivier Knox, her next boss, was “committed to listening to members about their views on the format of the dinner in the future.”