President Trump speaks at a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Saturday. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
"I've had death threats, including one this week — too many of us have. It shouldn't need to be said in a room full of people who understand the power of words that 'fake news' and 'enemies of the people' are not pet names, punchlines or presidential."— Olivier Knox, White House Correspondents' Association president
Details: Instead of the traditional presidential roast from a comedian, historian Ron Chernow made a keynote speech.
Background: Comedian Michelle Wolf was criticized by some for crossing the line into personal attacks with her 2018 performance at the annual dinner.
The big picture: It's the third time the president has skipped the event. This year, White House administration officials were told to boycott the dinner. Trump instead opted to hold a rally in Green Bay in which he took aim at the media, singling out CNN after the crowd changed "CNN sucks!"