Trump says he's brought 'profound change' to Washington

Mr Trump meanwhile used his campaign-style gathering in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to lambaste media outlets, which he has repeatedly accused of mistreatment and being "fake news".

"A large group of Hollywood actors and Washington media are consoling each other in a hotel ballroom in our nation's capital right now", he said.

The last time Trump attended the dinner was in 2011, when he was a NY real estate mogul and reality-TV star who had just jumped into politics by getting involved in the "birther" movement, calling for President Barack Obama to release his birth certificate.

"They are gathered together for the White House Correspondents' Dinner, without the president", he continued, to great applause and laughter.

"I could not possibly be more thrilled to be more than 100 miles away from the Washington swamp, spending my evening with all of you and a much, much larger crowd and much better people".

He then suggested that he might attend the dinner next year - but added that he might consider returning to Pennsylvania.

Trump said during his speech that he wanted to "thank the fire marshals".

The Correspondents' Dinner was likely to be "very, very boring", he said, theorizing that the media would feel "trapped" there.

And in Washington, comedian Hasan Minhaj, who delivered the big speech of the night at the correspondents' dinner, played right into Trump's hands with a searing excoriation of the President's first 100 days. I've had things that were tougher, although I'll let you know that better at the end of eight years. "According to a morning consult poll, more than half of Americans say the media is out of touch with everyday Americans". We're going to take care of every single need you're going to want to have taken care of, but it's not going to cost that kind of money.

This past week, Trump also reflected on his new gig in an interview with Reuters, saying the presidency is "more work than in my previous life". Their priorities are not my priorities, and they're not your priorities, believe me.

He specifically spent time calling out CNN, MSNBC and the "failing" New York Times.

In his weekly address, Trump said, "For too long, politicians cared more about special interests than they did about a very successful future for all Americans.

In just 14 weeks, my administration has brought profound change to Washington".

When one protester interrupted, Trump thanked the fire marshal for escorting the person out.

And despite notable opposition to his southern border wall, Trump promised, again, it will happen.

But in regards to immigration, terrorism and border security, Trump did something he's done before: He read lyrics to "The Snake." The poem, written by Oscar Brown and sung by Al Wilson, tells the story of a woman who takes in a sick snake only to have the creature kill her with a venomous bite.

"Promises kept." Trump said major accomplishments in his first 100 days included seeing a Supreme Court nominee confirmed by the Senate, pulling the USA out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade accord, a rising stock market and the easing of regulations on exploration for energy. "Whether we are black, or brown, or red, or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots".

  • Wendy Palmer