'Daily Show' Comedian to Host White House Correspondents' Dinner
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"Daily Show" correspondent Hasan Minhaj will host the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this month, the organization announced on Tuesday.

Though President Donald Trump and his staff will not attend the dinner, set for April 29, Minhaj made sure to mock the nation's commander-in-chief in his statement following the announcement.

"It is a tremendous honor to be a part of such a historic event even though the President has chosen not to attend this year. SAD! Now more than ever, it is vital that we honor the First Amendment and the freedom of the press," Minhaj said.

Trump announced he would not be attending the event in early February.

"I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!" He tweeted.

After Trump said he would not attend, many people recalled the 2011 dinner where Barack Obama publicly skewered the real estate tycoon, perhaps a contributing factor to Trump's decision not to be the center of a comedic roast again this year.

"I am thrilled that Hasan will serve as our featured entertainer at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner," Jeff Mason, WHCA president and White House correspondent for Reuters, said in a statement. "Hasan's smarts, big heart and passion for press freedom make him the perfect fit for our event, which will be focused on the First Amendment and the importance of a robust and independent media."

Minhaj joined "The Daily Show" in 2014, and has since become a major comedic voice alongside Trevor Noah's daily dissection of President Trump. Minhaj is a notable Muslim Indian-American comedian who recently went on the "Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King" tour.

One of Minhaj's more notable speeches came when he hilariously roasted congress at the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Dinner in 2016. Alongside slamming the Republican Party, Minhaj took jabs at CNN, The NRA, as well as Trump.

"How is 86 percent of the GOP like, 'Yesss! RACIST CHEETO! Finally,'" he joked at the time.

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