Donald Trump says he will skipping the White House Correspondents' Association dinner again this year, because it is "so boring and so negative".
In April 2017, he became the first US president not to attend the event in decades, opting to speak at a rally in Pennsylvania instead.
Comedian Hasan Minhaj entertained those who did go by referring to the "elephant that's not in the room".
Mr Trump, who stayed away last year, will be addressing a rally again this year.
While his team is yet to settle on a location, he said it will be "a big one".
The annual black-tie event, created in 1921, has awards, raises money for journalism scholarships, and gives the press and the president, who is guest of honour, an evening of mutual appreciation.
Mr Trump had hinted that he might attend this year after the organisers changed the format.
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But speaking to reporters as he left the White House for California, the president said he would be boycotting the event once more "because the dinner is so boring and so negative", adding that he prefers "positive things".
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