Trump, First Lady To Skip Kennedy Center Honors Over Concerns Of ‘Political Distraction’


President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have elected not to attend the annual Kennedy Center Honors in December amid a political backlash among those who will be feted at the event.

The first family will not participate “to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Saturday morning.

The announcement comes as three of the five honorees – television producer Norman Lear, singer Lionel Richie and dancer Carmen de Lavallade – said they would or may boycott the traditional White House reception related to the celebration. As for the other two, rapper LL Cool J had not said whether he would attend, and Cuban-American singer Gloria Estefan said she would go to try to influence the president on immigration issues.

In the White House statement, Sanders said the Trumps “extend their sincerest congratulations and well wishes to all of this year’s award recipients for their many accomplishments.”

The awards program will take place Dec. 3 and will be broadcast Dec. 26.

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  1. Awesome. Click your heels twice and wage a war. CNN and MSNBC will just have a bit more time to talk about how poor you are in office.

    Shame. Maybe he might be able to have a gleam in his eye for the cameras to catch. He wont.

      • Very cute. My thoughts are the diapers on the left won’t be as prevalent. Cuts to medicare will maybe indeed have an effect on a lower life expectation. Think how bad the GOP is keeping our prosperity and future hope.


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