The Latest: Trump doesn’t want celebrities at inauguration

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WASHINGTON — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Donald Trump says he wants “the people” to attend his presidential inauguration, dismissing the “so-called ‘A’ list celebrities” who he claims are seeking tickets to the Jan. 20 event. On Twitter late Thursday, Trump is slamming the celebrities who supported the campaign of his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, saying, “look what they did for Hillary, NOTHING.” The tweet doesn’t name any specific celebrities. President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn into office during the 58th inauguration on Jan. 20. Here's a look at what we know about the planned inaugural activities and a look back at how the tradition has evolved. (Claritza Jimenez, Danielle Kunitz, Julio Negron/The Washington Post) Trump’s transition team has so far named just a few entertainers who will be performing during his inaugural events. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Radio City Rockettes announced Thursday that they will be participating. ___ 6 p.m. President-elect Donald Trump is using Twitter to pit two major military contractors against each other, inviting Boeing to “price-out” its F-18 fighter jet to compete with Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter. Trump tweeted Thursday evening, “Based on the tremendous cost and cost overruns of the Lockheed Martin F-35, I have asked Boeing to price-out a comparable F-18 Super Hornet!” Trump met Wednesday with the CEOs of Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Following the meetings, both CEOs said they had discussed lowering costs. Since winning the election, Trump has complained about the cost of Boeing’s work on two new Air Force One planes and Lockheed’s contract for F-35s. ___ 3:20 p.m. Less than a month from taking office, President-elect Donald Trump has yet to hold the traditional news conference that most incoming presidents have held within days of their victory. As of Thursday, it had been 147 days since Trump held his last formal news conference as a candidate. That was July 27. He was scheduled to hold a press conference on Dec. 15 to discuss his plan to leave his sprawling business empire as he takes office. But that event was postponed. Trump’s lack of press interaction worries media watchdogs. But he made his antagonistic relationship with the media a centerpiece of his campaign and has shown little signs of relenting after winning the election. ___ 2:20 p.m. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has agreed to perform at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony. The church announced on its website Thursday that the 360-member volunteer choir will sing at Trump’s swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20. The group has performed at a handful of other presidential inaugurals, including those of presidents George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. The choir’s president, Ron Jarrett, says the group has “a great tradition of performing at the inaugurals of U.S. presidents” and is “honored to be able to serve our country by providing music for the inauguration of our next president.” Trump had trouble during the Republican primary campaign winning over Mormon voters, who voiced skepticism about his candidacy. ___ 2:10...

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