Comedian Michelle Wolf made an enemy of the Trump administration after she used them as the butt of her jokes at the White House Correspondents dinner this year. The White House Correspondents Association announced this week they are getting rid of the comedy part bit of the night altogether for a more tame night.
President Donald Trump announced he’s considering going to this year’s dinner, even though he’s skipped them all so far. In his announcement, he attempted to drag comedian Michelle Wolf who headlined the previous dinner.
“So-called comedian Michelle Wolf bombed so badly last year at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner that this year, for the first time in decades, they will have an author instead of a comedian,” Trump tweeted Tuesday. “Good first step in comeback of a dying evening and tradition! Maybe I will go?”
Wolf’s response: “I bet you’d be on my side if I had killed a journalist.”
— Michelle Wolf (@michelleisawolf) November 21, 2018
Wolf’s jab at the president refers to Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi who was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Turkey. While most intelligence officials are set on blaming Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman for the plot behind the murder, Trump isn’t blaming anyone.
In an official statement released Tuesday, Trump spent eight paragraphs defending the United States’s relationship with Saudi Arabia and talking about more dangerous places in the world. He never acknowledged Khashoggi’s status as a U.S. resident, instead, writing that Saudi Arabia thought of the journalist an enemy.
“Representatives of Saudi Arabia say that Jamal Khashoggi was an ‘enemy of the state’ and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, but my decision is in no way based on that,” he claimed.
“Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information,” the president wrote, “but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event — maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!”