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Donald & Melania Trump Will Not Attend Kennedy Center Honors

Donald & Melania Trump Will Not Attend Kennedy Center Honors

President Donald Trump and his wife Melania will not be in attendance at the 2017 Kennedy Center Honors ceremony on December 3.

The White House released a statement in which the president offered his congratulations to the five honorees – Carmen de Lavallade, Gloria Estefan, LL Cool J, Norman Lear and Lionel Richie – and said he doesn’t want to be a “political distraction.”

“Each year, the Kennedy Center honors the careers and achievements of artists who have helped shape cultural life in the United States with a weekend that includes celebrations and events,” the statement read. “The award recipients are recognized for their lifetime contributions in the arts and the positive change they have made all over the world.”

“The President and First Lady have decided not to participate in this year’s activities to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction,” the statement continued. “First Lady Melania Trump, along with her husband President Donald J. Trump, extend their sincerest congratulations and well wishes to all of this year’s award recipients for their many accomplishments.”

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