Trump: "We Have the Biggest Celebrities in the World" Coming to Inauguration
During a Fox News sit-down, the president-elect addressed designers refusing to dress Melania Trump ("Never asked Tom Ford"), called John Lewis' recent actions "divisive" and touted his upcoming inauguration weekend in Washington, D.C. ("Everything's sold out").
Donald Trump says the biggest celebrities in the world will be attending his inauguration festivities in Washington, D.C., this weekend.
"Many of the celebrities that are saying they were not going, they were never invited," he said during a Wednesday sit-down with Fox & Friends' Ainsley Earhardt at his Manhattan Trump Tower. He then added, "I don't want the celebrities, I want the people. And we have the biggest celebrities in the world there."
When the Fox News host named him as an example, Trump replied with a laugh, "Well, I won't say that — and we have President Obama."
Now two days away from Trump's swearing in as the 45th president of the United States, the president-elect continues to take heat over his booked performers amid a perception that many name-brand Hollywood acts have refused to participate in his Inauguration Week.
Instead, many celebrities are organizing anti-Trump marches, including Chelsea Handler's March on Main at the Sundance Film Festival; the Mark Ruffalo- and Alec Baldwin-led protest at Trump's International Hotel in NYC; and the high-profile names who will be heading to Washington, D.C., for the massive Women's March.
But none of that was acknowledged by Trump.
"We're going to have a tremendous turnout," he told Earhardt. "From what I'm hearing, the numbers are going to be astronomical."
As for bucking tradition and having one inaugural ball, Trump added, "Who wants to have 10 different balls? Everything's sold out, you can't get a ticket."
Trump also repeated his claim about a shortage at D.C. dress shops, saying he was told "you can't get a dress anymore." He added, "You will have crowds like they have rarely seen before." (A Washington Post investigation found that many dresses are still available.)
When asked about the fashion designers who are speaking out about refusing to dress Trump's wife, Melania, for the inauguration, he specifically said that she "never asked Tom Ford, doesn't like Tom Ford. Doesn't like his designs. He was never asked to dress [Melania]."
Trump added that hotelier Steve Wynn called him up after Ford's comments to say he "threw his clothes out of his hotel."
"I'm not a fan of Tom Ford, never have been," Trump said.
According to Destination DC, the city's convention and tourism bureau, however, the city hasn't been able to determine if the hundreds of thousands of people who are expected to descend this weekend will be there to party or protest.
Hundreds of thousands are expected Saturday for the Women's March on Washington, and Destination DC president Elliott Ferguson said hotels only began to book up after the march was announced. "It's been much, much slower than anyone would have anticipated for a first-term president," he said.
But celebrities aren't the only ones rallying against the festivities. As of Tuesday, 50 House Democrats plan to boycott the inauguration, spurred by Trump's policies and recent criticism of civil-rights activist John Lewis. As of Wednesday, CNN also reported that Secretary of State John Kerry was joining the growing list.
Rep. Lewis (D-Ga.) made headlines over the weekend for challenging Trump's legitimacy. He claimed that Trump's inauguration will be the first one he will have missed in three decades, but Trump was quick to point out on Twitter that Lewis also skipped President George W. Bush's inauguration in 2001.
"How do you forget when you're at an inauguration?" Trump said during the Fox News interview. "He got caught and it's making him look bad, frankly. This is a transition and a very important transition."
He continued: "We have to have a smooth transition. President Obama understands that very well. For [Lewis] to have been grandstanding ... he did a bad thing for the country, very divisive. We have a divided country and it's not divided because of me, it's been divided. And what he did was very divisive."
As far as other people not attending, Trump added, "That's OK because we need seats so badly. I hope they give me their tickets."
When it came time to discuss his constant tweeting, the president-elect told Earhardt that Twitter is the "only way" to counteract the "dishonest press."
Trump again referred to fake news when asked about the recently published unverified dossier. "There's never going to be a tape that shows up, there's never going to be anything that shows up," he said. "I was never even in that room for that period of time. They made stuff up."
Trump claimed the attacks began with the Republican party when he sought the nomination and was continued by the Democratic party, "supposedly," thereafter.
"By the intelligence [community] giving it credence by just talking about it, it was very inappropriate," he said. "I don't know who the leaker was."
During the sit-down, the president-elect said he had already prepared his inauguration speech and that his first line will be to thank all of the presidents, including President Obama and first lady Michelle. Following tradition, Trump's whole family will be joining him in the White House on Friday night for his first night.