The White House media pool was summoned to gather in the Cabinet room for an event on Friday, only to be told that the event was canceled.
Several White House reporters expressed bafflement at the abrupt turnabout.
Axios had reported that President Donald Trump planned to issue "a wave of pardons" on Friday, leading some reporters to believe he was about to make the announcement.
"This could be it folks," remarked Daily Caller White House correspondent Christian Datoc on Twitter.
"Lol sike, cancelled," he added moments later, after the event was called off.
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