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Donald Trump Jets & Choppers in Limbo

1/17/2017 1:00 AM PST
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0116_trump_airplane_helicopters_getty-flickrDonald Trump has a problem on his hands ... what to do with 2 private jets and 3 helicopters.

Our Trump sources say the fate of Trump's 757, Citation X and 3 choppers are in limbo. He can't sell them because if he does it will look like he's profiting off the presidency. Likewise, he can't charter them out because it will open the door to criticism that he's getting a POTUS premium.

Trump, we're told, will not let the kids use the planes ... they fly commercial and if they choose private it's on their own dime.

And putting the aircrafts in storage poses other problems. They need to be maintained, which is a complicated and expensive process ... requiring pilots and mechanics.

POTUS problems.

Donald Trump LAPD Fears Unrest, Even Riots During Inauguration Protests

1/17/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0116-inauguration-hollywoodThe LAPD will be massively out in force Friday, bracing for what they believe could be large, unruly crowds protesting the beginning of the Trump presidency.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, LAPD cops will have riot gear at the ready as they try to control the various demonstrations they are expecting.

As for how much police will tolerate ... not a lot. We're told if demonstrators try to block traffic, freeways or vandalize anything ... they'll be arrested.

And, we're told, there will be special focus on social media, which could set the direction of the protests.

There are certain locations that will get special police attention ... the Federal Building in Westwood, Hollywood and Highland and freeways.

Our sources say cops are mindful of the constitutional right of demonstrators to protest ... they just can't cross the line.

Melania Trump I'm Leaving After the Inauguration Barron's Got School!

1/17/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0116-melania-barron-trump-tmz-getty-2Melania Trump will enjoy the White House for a grand total of 2 days before returning to New York City, because she has mom work to do.

Sources connected with the soon-to-be First Lady tell us, Melania wants life for her son to be as normal as possible, and that includes keeping him in school and in his daily routine.

We're told she will go back and forth from NYC to D.C. until June, when she and Barron will move full-time into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Barron will start school there in September.

As one source put it, "She takes the mom thing seriously."

Donald Trump I Already Took My Oath for Prez ... Did It Before I Even Won!

1/17/2017 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0116-donald-trump-happy-tmzDonald Trump will be repeating himself when he takes his presidential oath this week, because he already did it ... long ago.

Trump slapped his autograph on a faux Presidential Oath of Office doc -- with the full text -- back in November of 2015 during a rally in Worcester, MA. We're told a supporter wrote it up and had him sign.

He was all smiles when he signed it ... seeming pretty confident it would all come to pass.

The gag document is now hitting the auction block with the help of Moments in Time.

Starting bid is $3,500, but the auction house is banking on 6 times that amount.

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Inaugural Bishop I'm Getting Hate... But I'm Doing it for Jesus

1/16/2017 4:51 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The pastor taking part in Donald Trump's swearing-in ceremony isn't fazed by the haters, because when it comes down to it, it's an order from the Man above.

Bishop Wayne T. Jackson of Great Faith Ministries International in Detroit tells TMZ ... helping with readings and giving the benediction at Friday's ceremony isn't about Democrats or Republicans.

The Bishop's pretty clear -- he's answering a calling bigger than he can imagine.

It's not the first time the Bishop's heard rumblings -- he got the same treatment when he hosted Trump at the church back in September.

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'Dreamgirls' Jennifer Holliday Canceled Trump Inauguration Because of Death Threats

1/16/2017 2:19 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0116_jennifer-holliday_tmz-2Jennifer Holliday pulled the plug on her inauguration performance because people threatened to kill her and her family ... TMZ has learned.

The "Dreamgirls" star agreed to sing at an inaugural event but did an about-face Saturday, saying she bailed because she was taking heat from the LGBT community.

But we've learned when her agent contacted the Inauguration Committee, he said the reason was death threats. We're told the LGBT concerns were not even mentioned.

A rep for Holliday told TMZ Monday ... both the death threats and the LGBT reaction were factors in her decision.

The rep tells us, "It was all of those things. She wasn’t scared to perform. She didn’t want to put her family at risk based on the death threats and she also didn’t want to offend the LGBT community which was especially upset that a past ally would perform on a program with President-Elect Donald Trump."

You may recall ... Trump's people said she was a lock late last week, but then her management team came out and said Trump's people jumped the gun ... that she was merely considering the offer. That doesn't square with the fact that Holliday herself said Friday she was fully on board.

We don't know if the people who made the threats identified themselves or any group with which they were affiliated.

A rep for the singer tells us her primary concern was the safety of her family.

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Obamas On the Move

1/16/2017 1:07 PM PST

0116-obamas-moving-van-outside-house-TWITTER-02The president and his family are just like us ... schlepping boxes when you move from one house to another.

The Obamas are packin' up and moving boxes from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to their new rental digs near Georgetown.

They've got some art (no, not like the portrait of George Washington) and other stuff.

They're headed to Palm Springs Friday, so by the time they get back 2 weeks after the inauguration, everything should be in place.

Martin Luther King III My Meeting With Trump Went Well

1/16/2017 12:54 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Martin Luther King III says he and Donald Trump were able to find some common ground on a day dedicated to his late father.

We got the famous civil rights leader's eldest living son Monday leaving Trump Tower, after he and the Prez-elect sat down for a heart-to-heart. He says they both agree ... the voting system in the country is broken.

He also touches on a big what-if about his dad ... one lots of folks are wondering about on MLK Day.

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Aroldis Chapman Gets Hope Solo Treatment ... From Prez Obama

1/16/2017 12:06 PM PST

President Obama seems to have a White House rule -- no special shout-outs to athletes accused of domestic violence ... because Aroldis Chapman got no love at the White House today. 

Chapman was with the Chicago Cubs as part of their World Series trip to 1600 Pennsylvania ... and stood directly behind POTUS as Obama cracked jokes about the team. 

But as Obama broke down the final outs in Game 7 ... which Chapman pitched in ... B.O. never mentioned Aroldis by name.

Remember, Obama gave the exact same treatment to Hope Solo when the Team USA women's soccer team hit the White House in 2015 after winning the World Cup. 

What do they have in common? Pretty disturbing domestic violence allegations. 

Aroldis was accused of attacking his girlfriend and though he was never convicted of a crime, he did admit poking her and firing off his gun in anger. 

Solo is accused of beating up her sister's son ... and that case is still in the court system. 

Obama did crack jokes about other players ... typical dad humor stuff. 

We'll see if Trump continues the tradition when he takes office.

President Obama First Thing I'm Doing ... Hitting Up Palm Springs!!!

1/16/2017 11:17 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0113_barack_michelle_obama_palm_springs_composite-2bPresident Obama and Michelle Obama will be leaving frigid Washington D.C. for sunny Palm Springs ... TMZ has learned.

We're told when the First Family leaves the Capitol after the inauguration, they'll take a chopper (it will not be Marine One because he won't be the active president when he boards) to Andrews Air Force Base.

Our sources say at 2:45 PM they will leave Andrews on Special Air Mission 29,000, the plane that will take them to Palm Springs. It's the same plane that Obama used as president, but it won't be called Air Force One.

As for their return to D.C. where they'll be living, they won't have a government plane at their disposal. It's only one way.

FUN FACT: President Obama's first meal on Air Force One was a cheeseburger. Michelle likes the garden salad with chicken breast.  

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Donald Trump Inauguration Naughty Interns, Sexy Staffers Headline D.C. Strip Clubs!!!

1/16/2017 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0113-inauguration-strippers-strip-club-fun-art-TMZ-GETTY-01Donald Trump will be dressing up for his inauguration as the 45th Prez, but just down the street a bunch of strippers will be dressing down and making their bank accounts great again.

We surveyed the D.C. landscape and found most of the big gentlemen's clubs are pulling out all the stops next weekend. They include ...

ARCHIBALD'S -- Come for the naughty interns and administration staffers party next Thursday night. And, on inauguration night, there's the Grand Inaugural Ball featuring strippers in Trump's signature red hat. The club normally closes at 2 AM, but that night it's open till 5. They'll also serve Fruity Pebbles French toast before closing and inaugural breakfast sandwiches.

The MPIRE CLUB -- No "last call" here. The club will stay open the entire inauguration weekend (watch out for the strippers at 11 AM Sunday). They don't serve food here, but they're making an exception because they think they'll be a market for breakfast sandwiches and waffles.

CAMELOT SHOWBAR -- Anybody who's anybody will breeze though this joint. We're told a bunch of VIP tables have already been booked. They'll serve champagne with the lap dances. And, get this ... they're serving salmon and Australian lamb chops!!!   

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'Black-ish' Star Deon Cole We're Not Anti-Trump

1/16/2017 7:37 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

"Black-ish" star Deon Cole wants to make it crystal clear -- the hit show's NOT anti-Donald Trump ... it's more complicated than that.

We caught up with Deon on Rodeo Drive in Bev Hills where we ask him about last week's episode, in which the show tackles Trump's win and it appears some of them voted for DJT.

Wanda Sykes' character goes nuclear after learning some women in her midst were not down with Hillary.

Lamorne Morris It's Not Fair ... I Gotta Work on MLK Day!!!

1/16/2017 6:22 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

"New Girl" star Lamorne Morris isn't happy he's spending Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the set. 

We got Lamorne out Sunday in L.A. ... and he was none too pleased about his next call time.

As for Trump meeting MLK Jr. if he was still around, Lamorne also had a few ideas on how that'd go.

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