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‘They are willing to pay anything’: Trump’s star status fails to land celebrities for inauguration

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Donald Trump may have his own personal brand of star power, but the Wrap reports that star power isn’t attracting the A-list inauguration the president-elect is hoping for.

“They are willing to pay anything,” a source told the Wrap, adding the Presidential Inaugural Committee has even offered to dole out fees “in the six to seven figures.”

Trump may be hoping to top President Barack Obama’s star-studded 2009 inauguration; then president-elect Obama held an inaugural celebration at the Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 18, complete with the musical stylings of Mary J. Blige, Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, John Legend, Garth Brooks, U2, Stevie Wonder, Usher, Shakira, will.i.am, Sheryl Crow and Beyonce, among others. Entertainers including Steve Carell, Jack Black, Samuel L. Jackson and Jamie Foxx read historical passages during the event. For Obama’s official inauguration ceremony on Jan. 20, Aretha Franklin sang “My Country, ’Tis of Thee.”

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Boris Ephsteyn, a spokesman for the Trump transition team, denied the president-elect is hoping for a high-caliber celebrity to serenade him on his inauguration night.

“We are focused on organizing an exciting and uniting celebration of freedom and democracy while following all rules, regulations and appropriate standards of conduct,” Ephsteyn told the Wrap.

Musicians Lee Greenwood and Garth Brooks are reportedly already speaking with transition officials, but a source told the Wrap Trump’s team hopes “to do better than Kid Rock and Ted Nugent,” two performers who supported Trump’s campaign. The source also suggested aides are looking for high-profile performers “like Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars.”

Timberlake, along with wife Jessica Biel, were active supporters of Trump’s rival Hillary Clinton during the campaign, attending a fundraiser for the Democratic candidate in August. As for Mars, a website reported in November that there is a “total lack of information regarding [his] religion and political beliefs.”

Trump himself knocked Clinton’s star-studded endorsements during a rally in November, saying her inclusion of celebrities at events is “like a form of cheating.”

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“We can get stars,” Trump told a crowd of supporters just before his election. “We don’t need them.”

Now, it looks like the president-elect has the opportunity to put his money where his mouth is. And that could require a whole lot of money.

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Trump has been mysteriously ignoring Melania’s initiatives in his major speeches: report

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According to a report on Politico, an analysis of Donald Trump's State of the Union addresses shows that the president has neglected to boost his wife's most notable achievement in her three years as first lady -- apparently at the urging of aides who feel it is best not to bring it up.

Traditionally first ladies take on a cause after settling in and Melania Trump has been no different, launching her "Be Best" campaign aimed at halting online bullying. However, that campaign -- launched on May 7, 2018 -- has been ignored by the president in all of his major speeches where he has touted his administration's accomplishments.

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Trump snubs Pelosi for signing ceremony of trade deal she helped him pass

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On Tuesday, CNN's Haley Byrd reported that President Donald Trump is not inviting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to the signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the president's signature trade agreement that updates and modernizes the earlier NAFTA deal.

Major Democratic committee chairs who were instrumental in shaping the final resolution, including Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) were reportedly also not invited to the signing.

Democratic votes were critical to the ultimate passage of USMCA, and also played a role in influencing the final, bipartisan details of the agreement.

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George Conway lists all of Trump’s most hilarious geographic blunders after the president whines about being mocked

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President Donald Trump's circle is up in arms over a late-night CNN segment on Monday in which analysts joked that Trump — and his fanbase — are probably not smart enough to locate Ukraine on a map.

But on Tuesday, conservative lawyer and Trump critic George Conway pointed out that the president has indeed never shown any aptitude for geography — and listed off some of his most well-known and mocked blunders:

A thread for those who think @realDonaldTrump could find Ukraine on a marked map:

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