Trump aims for a big hit as 100 days tick down

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"Look forward to it", the president wrote on Twitter.

U.S. president Donald Trump has pledged to mark his 100th day in office with a "BIG" rally in Pennsylvania.

Trump flummoxed his staff this weekend by promising to unveil a "massive" tax cut as early as Wednesday - a hugely complicated and lengthy undertaking for which Congress has not been prepared.

Mr. Trump didn't elaborate on what the rally in Pennsylvania will entail.

But there's a certain diversionary feel to his timing for the latest visit to a key swing state he won in defeating Hillary Clinton past year - including that there could be a federal government shutdown starting that day.

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"Next Saturday night I will be holding a BIG rally in Pennsylvania". He was the first Republican to win the Keystone State since 1988.

Most presidents attend the event.

When Trump announced in February that he would be skipping the dinner, White House Correspondents Association president Jeff Mason told CNN that the decision was not surprising, given Trump's contentious relationship with the free press.

It also means the campaign can use campaign dollars to advertise the events and sell campaign merchandise - think "Make America Great Again" hats - to all the eager supporters who attend, Glassner said.