- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump made a rare appearance in front of reporters Tuesday at Trump Tower to plug the quality of candidates he’s interviewing for his administration.

“We have some great people coming in. You’ll see them,” he told the group of reporters in the lobby.

It was the first time Mr. Trump took questions from a group of reporters since July 27, although he has fielded questions in exclusive interviews.

Asked about his meeting with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, one of several Democrats who have been invited to transition team meetings, Mr. Trump spoke in generalities about the meetings.

“We’re talking about a lot of things to a lot of people. We have a lot of people coming up,” he said. “Great group of people. Doing very well.”

Mr. Trump also expanded on his criticism of the Pentagon’s order from Boeing of a new $4 billion Air Force One, a contract he earlier threatened to cancel in a tweet. After the tweet, Boeing stock dropped in premarket trading.

“The plane is totally out of control. It’s going to be over $4 billion for Air Force One program and I think it’s ridiculous,” Mr. Trump said. “I think Boeing is doing a little bit of a number. We want Boeing to make a lot of money, but not that much money.”

In addition to Ms. Bowser, Mr. Trump is scheduled to meet with Exxon CEO Rex W. Tillerson, Iowa Gov. Terry Edward Branstad and talk radio host Laura Ingram.

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