US President Donald Trump says he won't attend the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents Association, calling the event "too negative".
It will be the third year in a row that the President has taken a pass on the dinner, to be held on April 27 at a Washington hotel.
Trump has had a rocky relationship with the White House press corps, which he frequently accuses of being biased.
He told reporters on the White House South Lawn that he would hold a political rally instead of going to the dinner.
"I'm going to hold a rally, because the dinner is so boring and so negative that we're going to hold a very positive rally," he said.
He said the rally would be at one of three sites being considered.
"It'll be a big one, but the Correspondents' Dinner is too negative. I like positive things," he said.
Last year's dinner saw Trump roasted heavily.
"I would drag him here myself, but it turns out the President of the United States is the one pussy you're not allowed to grab," said comedian Michelle Wolf, who went on to call his daughter Ivanka "about as helpful to women as an empty box of tampons".
Reuters / Newshub.