Amid increasingly hostile relations between Trump and the media, Trump announced in February that he would not attend the White House correspondents' dinner Saturday night - making him the first President since Ronald Reagan to miss the event (although Reagan, who was hospitalized after an assassination attempt at the Washington Hilton - the same hotel serving as the venue for Saturday's dinner - gave remarks by phone).
At one point Minhaj mocked Trump by saying that the president looks like he'd been roasted for 70 straight years. With nothing off limits, Minhaj roasted Trump, the media and Steve Bannon.
The goal of the dinner is to "acknowledge award-winners, present scholarships, and give the press and the president an evening of friendly appreciation", according to former White House Correspondents' Association president Ann Compton. "And I could not possibly be more thrilled than to be more than 100 miles away from Washington's swamp, spending my evening with all of you and with a much, much larger crowd and much better people".
But this year's dinner interrupted the long-held tradition. I don't know what you think you'll find in there, but there's isn't going to be a line item that just says "bribes from Russian Federation". The organisers asserted that they had gathered to celebrate democracy, and not the presidency. "Undermining that by seeking to de-legitimize journalists is unsafe to a healthy republic". "The new guy only needed a hundred days". "From now on it's going to be America first".
Specifically, he claimed that "media outlets like CNN and MSNBC are fake news".
In four hours, Donald Trump will be tweeting about how bad Nicki Minaj bombed at this dinner, and he'll be doing it completely sober.
Tonight is about defending the First Amendment and the free press, and I am truly honoured to be here, even though all of Hollywood pulled out. The dinner is an annual celebration of journalists and media members and is sometimes jokingly called "Nerd Prom" by attendees. And Woodward cut right to the chase when he added: "Mr. President, the media is not fake news".
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"Our reporting needs to get both fact and tones right", Woodward said. But the effort today to get this best obtainable version of the truth is largely made in good faith.
"I'm so sorry, President Bush", Pelosi said. "Let's take that off the table as we proceed".
"That I can tell you".
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Here is a list of Minhaj's funniest jokes of the night. Towards the end of his almost hour-long speech Mr Trump read the lyrics of a song by Al Wilson called "The snake", as he had repeatedly done during the campaign. "Historically, the president usually performs at the Correspondents dinner, but I think, and I speak for all of us here, he has done far too much bombing this month".
Trump, a longtime critic of the number of Obama's executive orders, issued more executive orders in his first 100 days than any other president aside from Harry Truman.
"It's been 100 days of action, 100 days of outcome and 100 days that will be remembered as the days we began to make America great again", said Pence. When the camera panned across the audience at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, you could see that some of Minhaj's joke did not land well at all.