Comedian Hasan Minhaj tapped for White House Correspondents’ Dinner

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Comedy Central’s Hasan Minhaj  is the entertainer at this year’s annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, but he won’t see the president. President Donald Trump tweeted in Feb. he won’t participate this year, something every other president has done for decades.

Comedy Central’s Hasan Minhaj, a senior correspondent on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” is the entertainer at this year’s annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

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“I am thrilled that Hasan will serve as our featured entertainer at this year’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner,” WHCA president and Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason said in a statement released on Twitter. 

“Hasan’s smarts, big heart and passion for press freedom make him the perfect fit for our event, which will be focused on the First Amendment and the importance of a robust and independent media.”

Presidents have been attending the annual gala for decades, but President Donald Trump has announced he won’t be participating this year.

>>Related: Trump tweets he won’t attend White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Proceeds from the event fund scholarships and awards aimed at promoting aspiring journalists and recognizing excellence in the profession.

The event is scheduled for April 29.

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