After a White House email sent out to all press and media outlets informing them that the President had not attended the annual Correspondents’ Dinner was leaked, I started digging.
This was my first experience with a President not attending a White Christmas event.
The event was held by the White Nationalist Association, a group whose members hold racist and anti-Semitic views.
A former member of the group, Matthew Heimbach, tweeted out a screenshot of the email to his followers on January 1, 2018, which read: “This email sent to all media outlets, including CNN and the Associated Press is completely false and was leaked from a member of my organization who is not an accredited White NationalIST.”
I sent him an email, which I had sent to other news organizations as well.
“If it was an email about President Trump, I’d have no problem telling you that,” I wrote.
“I’m the same guy who sent you the email.
But it’s not.
And I’ve been contacted by other members of the organization.”
Within minutes, he replied: “I think you should take it at face value.
I don’t want to be a part of your lies.”
He then emailed me a photo of myself and a group of people with the message: “The President, along with his family, are invited to attend.
They have a private reception at the White Palace.”
The President has not been attending the White Christmas Dinner since 2017, but this year, Heimbacht wrote, the president was in attendance.
On February 1, 2017, The Daily Beast reported that he attended a dinner for “white nationalists” at the Trump International Hotel, in Washington, D.C., on February 14.
It’s unclear if he attended the event with the President or not, as there’s no record of the event, and a reporter from BuzzFeed confirmed that the White Family did not attend the dinner.
Trump has repeatedly denied having attended the dinner, and he did not respond to an inquiry from the Washington Post regarding whether he attended it.
“There are more facts that I haven’t talked about, but they’re all coming out,” Heimbact told me when I asked him about the email in January.
“The president did not appear at the dinner.”
On March 2, he tweeted that he was not attending the dinner and would not be.
On March 8, Heimbeach posted an apology on Twitter for being an “attendee at a White Nationalism event,” and on March 13, he deleted his tweets and changed his Twitter bio to say that he had attended the White Correspondents dinner.
He wrote: “In my capacity as the President’s publicist, I am very sorry if I offended anyone.
I will continue to focus on my work as the White People’s Campaign.”
Trump has denied having been at the Dinner.
“You are being very dishonest, Mr. Heimbac, if you think I attended the Dinner.”
In response to a question about whether Trump had attended a White Corresponders Dinner since 2016, he wrote: Yes, I did attend the Dinner on January 21, 2018.
The President is attending a private event on the 20th of January.
It is a very, very important event for our country and I am grateful for the opportunity to attend the event and talk to the media.
I think it is important to let people know that I have nothing to do with the dinner or with the White News.
The White News is an organization that does not exist, the White Families are white nationalist organizations that do not exist and there is no White Correspondent Dinner.
There is no one in the White Media or the White Politicians.
The Dinner is held by some organizations that I believe are affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement.
We do not have any ties with them.
We just do not want to take any sides.
The dinner is a privilege for the president and the White people and I believe he is not being honored because I did not go to the dinner in my capacity.
The fact that he is attending this event means that I do not know if the dinner is even being held by anyone.
We are not going to comment on the President and we are not even going to answer your questions about the Dinner, but you need to let the people of the United States know.
This is what I’m getting from you.
It has been an absolute nightmare.
The next day, he sent an email to The New York Times to confirm his participation in the dinner: I would love to be invited to this important event, especially after my speech at the DNC in which I spoke about how I was proud to represent the White Citizens Councils [sic] in the United Nations and how the White Nations is a platform for the spread of White Genocide and the genocide of African Americans and the Jewish people.
The following day, the President sent an additional email to the Times to