Donald Trump's team is allegedly offering ambassadorships to secure top talent for the President-Elect's inauguration in January.
According to TheWrap, two talent bookers said they were approached by members of Trump’s Presidential Inaugural Committee and offered rewards in exchange for securing talent. Those rewards allegedly included cash and diplomatic posts.
"Never in a million years have I heard something so crazy," the first manager told TheWrap. "That was the moment I almost dropped the phone." The insider added that he "didn’t like what was going on" and declined the offer.
The second source said he was offered a government post, including an ambassadorship in exchange for landing a big performer and alleged he knew at least two other people who had been offered similar deals. "They said they were in the process of 'figuring out posts, ambassadorships and commissions' if that was of any interest," although he did not reveal what positions were specifically being offered. TheWrap added that both sources had supported Hillary Clinton in the election.
On Tuesday, Kanye West met with Donald Trump at Trump Tower leading many to speculate what they were discussing. Some believed the par were meeting to discuss Kanye performing at the inauguration. Reports later surfaced alleging that they had met to discuss an ambassador-type roll. Kanye too to Twitter to explain the meeting in his own words writing, "I wanted to meet with Trump today to discuss multicultural issues," 'Ye began. "These issues included bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculums, and violence in Chicago."
Trump's team denied the clams. "There is no truth to this insinuation," committee spokesman Boris Epshteyn told TheWrap. "First-class entertainers are eager to participate in the inaugural events. The inauguration as a whole will be an exciting and uniting celebration of freedom and democracy. We will be releasing further details at the appropriate time."
The Trump team announced Wednesday that America's Got Talent contestant, Jackie Evancho, would perform at the inauguration. Trump's inauguration is Jan. 20 at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.