Politics

Trump, Hillary Skip White House Correspondents' Dinner

| by Sean Kelly

President Donald Trump was not the only important political figure to miss the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 29 -- his election rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, also declined to attend.

Host Hasan Minhaj pointed out Clinton's absence during the dinner with a joke that referenced continued criticism of how and where she ran her campaign.

"Hillary Clinton is not here," Minhaj said, Elite Daily reported. "Someone told her the event would be in Wisconsin and Michigan."

As Elite Daily pointed out, however, Clinton's presence at the event would not have made much sense as she doesn't hold public office any longer.

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The former first lady is reportedly preparing to launch a political group since losing the election to Trump in November. The group is aimed towards funding organizations resisting Trump's agenda, and officials have been meeting with donors and investors in recent weeks, several people close to Clinton told Politico.

Meanwhile, President Trump sparked controversy following the House of Representatives' vote to repeal and replace Obamacare, when he praised Australia for its healthcare system during a news conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on May 4.

"I shouldn’t say this to our great gentlemen and my friend from Australia because you have better health care than we do, but we will have great health care very soon," Trump said. 

The comment prompted laughter from critics, who pointed out that Australia has a government-run universal healthcare system. This type of healthcare system has been embraced by some left-wing politicians, like 2016 presidential election hopeful Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, but criticized and dismissed by Republicans.

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"Of course the Australians have better healthcare than we do -- everybody does," Trump tweeted on May 5 in response to the controversy that followed his comments, Politico reports. "ObamaCare is dead! But our healthcare will soon be great."

Many readers criticized Trump for his apparent endorsement of Australia's healthcare system considering his opposition to such a system in the U.S.

"So...instead of saying that there is a similarity between everyone else's healthcare systems that are better than ours (single payer & more government involvement over a market that is inherently monopolistic) Trump wants to go the other way and control costs by pricing sick people out of the market," one Politico reader commented. 

"It would be great if someone could actually get him to answer the question of WHAT in the new bill will make our healthcare great," another added. "But we all know he'd never give a straight answer before moving onto something else completely unrelated,"

Sources: Elite Daily, Politico (2) / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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