President Donald Trump Bows Out of Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony

Veteran television writer and producer Norman Lear was one of two Kennedy Center honorees who declined to take part in a reception at the White House

Veteran television writer and producer Norman Lear was one of two Kennedy Center honorees who declined to take part in a reception at the White House

The White House announced on Saturday morning that President Trump and first lady Melania will not attend the Kennedy Center honors, with the move coming after several of the honorees said they would not attend the traditional White House dinner the night before the event.

The announcement comes on the heels of news that television producer Norman Lear, one of the evening's honorees, would be boycotting the ceremony - which pays tribute to the lifetime achievements of artists who have helped shape cultural life in the United States.

As for the other two, rapper LL Cool J has 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.

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"First Lady Melania Trump, along with her husband President Donald J. Trump, extend their sincerest congratulations and well wishes to all of this year's award recipients for their many accomplishments", she added.

"I could not possibly be more thrilled than to be more than 100 miles away from Washington swamp spending my evening with all of you and with a much, much larger crowd, and much better people", Trump told the crowd then. "But I think I'm just gonna wait it out for a minute, see where it's going to be by that time".

Singer Lionel Richie had also suggested he might not attend, telling the NBC Today programme: "I'm not really happy with what's going on right now with the controversies".

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Some of those due to take part in the Kennedy Center Honors had said they would boycott the White House reception held before the awards ceremony.

The move is the latest sign of the backlash to Trump from the entertainment industry after his series of conflicting statements about the violence in Charlottesville that left a 32-year-old woman dead. A counter-protester was killed when a white nationalist ran a auto into a crowd, and the president cast blame on "both sides" in the events.

He also condemned the removal of memorials dedicated to Confederate leaders in the Civil War on Twitter Thursday.

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