Trump, Kanye Meet In The Oval Office

Lifestyle       by Asma Malik | Published

The rapper didn't rap.

"There was something about putting this hat on that made me feel like Superman", West said, as part of a lengthy monologue that touched on topics such as his mental health to employment, prison reform, and more.

"(But) This hat, it gives me power", West said.

Trump had said that "stop-and-frisk works".

It was surreal moment even for a White House accustomed to surreal moments.

West later said online that he met with Trump in 2016 "to discuss multiracial issues" such as "bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculum and violence in Chicago". Spectators at the show included Trump's son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner, former National Football League star Jim Brown, the attorney for a gang leader serving time in federal prison, and a gaggle of reporters.

In a Fox television interview Thursday, Trump said that Kanye's support had transformed blacks' view of his presidency.

In a recent appearance on "Saturday Night Live", Mr. West said cast members tried to talk him out of wearing the hat on TV.

After Mike Meyers, who appeared alongside the rapper, took his turn reading a few more planned lines, West added calmly: "George Bush doesn't care about black people". He then mentioned his dealings with North Korea and the fact that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had just returned from a trip to Pyongyang. West grew up in the Chicago suburbs and recently made a decision to relocate his business there. The reality star and entrepreneur was also instrumental in securing a commutation for Alice Marie Johnson, a woman serving a life sentence over non-violent drug charges.

Why he didn't use Face ID instead is a mystery, but once he got his iPhone unlocked, Kanye dove headfirst into the iPlane, a hydrogen-powered plane concept he had seen online.

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Kanye West defends support for Trump, in front of Trump
West concluded the entertaining news conference by declaring, " I love this guy right here", and giving the president a hug. West was impressed. "Day One, solved one of his biggest problems", the rapper said.

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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.

[Opens his phone] This right here is the iPlane 1.

"Kanye West gets it", Trump said. This is our president. "And he might not have expected to have a insane motherf***er like Kanye West run up and support, but best believe, we are going to make America great again". "He even went as far as to say that America simply needs a man as president because...'male energy" and stuff. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. "I just channelled it".

On his own speech: "You are tasting a fine wine". The president responded by saying, "I don't wanna put you in that spot".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said national security adviser John Bolton and presidential senior adviser Jared Kushner spoke on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) to Crown Prince Mohammed about Mr Khashoggi.

West said he doesn't think "stop and frisk" helps.

A year later, West visited the then president-elect at Trump Tower in NY in December 2016.

West smiles during his meeting in the Oval Office Thursday. At another point, Kanye remarked to Trump, "You might not have expected a insane motherfucker like Kanye running up to support". He claimed the two shared "dragon energy". "He is my brother", West wrote.

West himself has suggested he might be open to wading into politics, including a run for president in 2020.

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

Taking the lead from CNN, which a day earlier harked back to a whole series of unwelcome stereotypes, calling West a "token negro" and an "illiterate negro" many picked up on that line of attack.

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