Published: Thu, December 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Trump Reportedly Cancels White House Christmas Party With Press

Trump Reportedly Cancels White House Christmas Party With Press

"President Trump has canceled the White House holiday party for the media, making the decades-old tradition a victim of his increasingly contentious relationship with major news organizations", Fox News reports.

White House reps did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

The Wall Street Journal first reported that Meadows is out of the running for the position.

In any event, this isn't the first position Canseco has sought in Trump's administration.

Canseco previously took a swing at getting in Trump's good graces in 2016 when he asked the then-president-elect to consider him for ambassador to Cuba for chairman of the Federal Reserve.

The annual Christmas-season gathering was a significant perk for those covering the White House, as well as other Washington reporters, anchors and commentators, and NY media executives would regularly fly in for the occasion. Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie continues to have boosters pushing for him inside the White House.

Trump and Meadows, a North Carolina lawmaker who heads the conservative House Freedom Caucus, had a phone conversation to discuss the job, one White House official said.

For his part, Trump also has skipped the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner two years in a row. "I'm fully committed to continuing in both of those roles". Trump has mused about Meadows as a possible version of that kind of chief of staff but never leaned toward selecting him, the person said.

"We have a lot of people that want the job, chief of staff", Trump told reporters on Tuesday, noting that he could take the remainder of the month to decide.

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