Trump says White House correspondents' dinner is 'dead,' slams comedian

The president tweeted "FAKE NEWS"' was "beautifully represented" Saturday night.

In a series of tweets, the president offered a personal attack of his of his own – directly slamming comedian Michelle Wolf for being a “filthy ‘comedian’” and called the dinner an embarrassment for the country.

The president did not attend the dinner, for the second consecutive year, and instead held a rally in Michigan on Saturday night.

“You may have heard I was invited to another event tonight - the White House Correspondents’ dinner – but I’d much rather be in Washington, Michigan!” the president said during the rally in a dig at the event.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders, who did attend the dinner, was seated on stage just a few feet away from Wolf as the comedian delivered scathing punchlines at her expense, even comparing Sanders to one of the darkest characters in the show “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

"I have to say I’m a little star-struck," Wolf said. "I love you as Aunt Lydia in 'The Handmaid’s Tale.'"

In the series, Aunt Lydia is a particularly cruel character, a supervisor of the handmaids who tortures her subjects.

At another point, Wolf made a joke that Sanders “burns facts.”

“I actually really like Sarah. I think she's very resourceful. Like, she burns facts, and then she uses the ash to create a perfect smoky eye. Like, maybe she's born with it; maybe it's lies,” Wolf said.

“You guys gotta stop putting Kellyanne on your shows. All she does is lie,” Wolf said. “If you don't give her a platform, she has nowhere to lie. It's like that old saying: If a tree falls in the woods, how do we get Kellyanne under that tree? I'm not suggesting she gets hurt; just stuck. Stuck under a tree.

The criticisms of the evening’s entertainment were also voiced by members of the White House press corps, including the New York Times’ Maggie Habermann, who was one of the journalists honored with an award for her reporting at the dinner.

The president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, Margaret Talev, issued a statement saying the performance was not in keeping with the message of the evening, which was billed as a celebration of the First Amendment.

“Last night's program was meant to offer a unifying message about our common commitment to a vigorous and free press while honoring civility, great reporting and scholarship winners, not to divide people. Unfortunately, the entertainer's monologue was not in the spirit of that mission,” Talev said.