Kanye West defends support for Trump, in front of Trump

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"There is something about when I put this [MAGA] hat on that makes me feel like Superman!".

"Trump is on his hero's journey", West said.

Forbes earlier this month said Trump fell 138 spots on its list of the richest people in the USA since he kicked off his presidential campaign in June 2015 and his net worth over that time plummeted by about $1.4 billion. "He gets it." He also joked that he could be a good presidential candidate to which Kanye responded, "Only after 2024".

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Looking at Trump, he said, "You made a Superman cape for me".

Kanye later said his 10-minute speech was "from the soul, I just channeled it".

West, who recently deleted his Twitter and Instagram accounts, has faced a backlash from fans and onlookers who are not happy with his vocal support of Trump. "Those in the music business say he's a genius, and that's okay with me". But he said "this hat, it gives me power".

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Eventually, West started gushing about Trump while talking about what it was like to go public with his full support for the president.

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Speaking in front of a dozen cameras, West greeted Trump with open arms and shared his love for him as a "father figure" in his life.

"I tell you what, that was pretty impressive", Trump said after West spoke. "When I say I like Trump, they say 'Oh, but he's racist.' Do you think racism could control me?"

It nearly sounded as if reforming the prison system was a top priority for President Trump since it is "very costly" and challenged his own Attorney General, Jeff Sessions. "We are cheating on our country, we end up in the cheapest factory ever - the prison system".

West was impressed. "Day One, solved one of his biggest problems", the rapper said.

West concluded the entertaining news conference by declaring, "I love this guy right here", and giving the president a hug.

Adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted told CNBC earlier this week that West has been a "fantastic ambassador" for the company, though he admitted he was unaware that the rapper meant to meet with Trump for lunch.

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