Trump, first lady will not attend Kennedy Center Honors: White House
August 20, 2017 | 12:49 PM
by Times TV

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not attend the Kennedy Center Honors in December, the White House announced on Saturday, after several honorees said they would boycott a White House reception before the show. Jonah Green reports.

President Trump and first lady Melania will not be attending the annual Kennedy Center Honors amid a boycott by those who are to be honored at the December event.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announcing Saturday that the first family will not participate "to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction."

The statement comes as some of the artists - including TV producer Norman Lear -- said they would boycott the White House reception related to the event-- as backlash against Trump's bungled response to the racist rallies in Charlottesville last weekend, which ended in the death of a counter protester.

"I think there's blame on both sides..."

Those words spurring a string of departures.

First, several business leaders resigned from two of Trump's business advisory councils

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