President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have graciously declined to attend the Annual Honor meeting at the Kennedy Center, and the center has publicly shown their appreciation! The Kennedy Center said they are “grateful for this gesture.”
Contrary to what some people think, it was done in an effort to allow the celebrations to take place without an overshadow of “political distraction.”
“The Kennedy Center respects the decision made today by the office of the president of the United States,” chairman David M. Rubenstein and president Deborah F. Rutter said in a joint statement.
“In choosing not to participate in this year’s Honors activities, the administration has graciously signaled its respect for the Kennedy Center and ensures the Honors gala remains a deservingly special moment for the honorees. We are grateful for this gesture,” they said.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “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.”
“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,” she continued.
At least two Kennedy Center honorees – TV legend Norman Lear and dancer Carmen de Lavallade – said they would not attend the White House reception because of Trump.
Lear cited Trump’s proposed cuts to art funding and de Lavallade blamed the administration’s “socially divisive and morally caustic rhetoric” as reasons for avoiding the reception.
I think it was considerate of the president to do so. What about you ?
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