Before that, presidents in recent history have treated dinner with humor and self-mockery during their speeches.
Trump was the butt of then-President Barack Obama’s roast at several White House correspondents’ dinners beginning in 2011, when he was a guest.
“We all know your credentials and your experience. For example – no, seriously, just recently on an episode of Celebrity Apprentice – at the steakhouse, the male cooking team didn’t impress the judges at Omaha Steaks. And he there was a lot of blame to be had,” Obama said in 2011.
He continued: “But you, Mr. Trump, recognized that the real problem was a lack of leadership. And so ultimately you didn’t blame Lil Jon or Meatloaf. You fired Gary Busey. And those are the kind of decisions that keep me up at night.”
“Say what you want about Mr. Trump, he would definitely make changes in the White House,” Obama said, years before Trump succeeded him.
And in the middle of the 2016 Republican primary, Obama continued his spades during his last dinner in office.
“I’m a little hurt he’s not here tonight,” Obama said. “We had so much fun last time. And it’s surprising – you have a room full of reporters, celebrities, cameras. And he says no. Is this dinner too cheesy for The Donald? What could What does he do instead? Eat Trump Steak? Tweet insults at Angela Merkel? What does he do?
This story has been updated with additional reports.