Donald and Melania Trump to Skip Kennedy Center Honors

Trumps to skip Kennedy Center Honors to allow for celebration without 'political distraction'

Trumps to skip Kennedy Center Honors to allow for celebration without 'political distraction'

The President and the First Lady will not attend the annual Kennedy Center honors in December after two stars said the would boycott the event and others voiced their unhappiness.

"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".

Past presidents and first ladies have hosted a reception for honorees at the White House before the Kennedy Center gala and sat with them at the televised event. "We are grateful for this gesture", Chairman David Rubenstein and Deborah Rutter wrote.

Three of the five honorees, Lionel Richie, Norman Lear, and Carmen de Lavallade, already announced they would not attend the White House reception that goes along with the award ceremony.

The Obama hold-overs include Kal Penn, who worked in the Obama White House; Paula Boggs, Chuck Close, Richard Cohen, Fred Goldring, Howard L. Gottlieb, Vicki Kennedy, Jhumpa Lahiri, Anne Luzzatto, Thom Mayne, Eric Ortner, Ken Solomon, Caroline Taylor, Jill Cooper Udall, Andrew Weinstein, George Wolfe and John Lloyd Young.

But the backlash against Trump by some of this year's honorees was prompted by his handling of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last weekend, which ended in the death of a counter-protester.

Rubenstein and Rutter say a State Department reception and awards dinner on December 2 and the Honors Gala on December 3 will continue as planned. By Thursday, both the manufacturing council and the president's Strategy & Policy Forum had been disbanded. "We can not sit idly by, the way that your West Wing advisors have, without speaking out against your words and actions.". Your values are not American values.

In yet another historic break from tradition, Donald Trump and his family will not be participating in the Kennedy Center Honors awards this year, or hosting any events to honor the recipients. We are better than this.

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