President Trump met with Kanye West Thursday afternoon in the Oval Office. The rapper was originally invited to lunch with the president, former National Football League star Jim Brown and Jared Kushner to discuss prison reform, manufacturing, and gang violence.
Ardent Donald Trump supporter Kanye West visited the White House on Thursday for a sit-down chat with the president.
According to the Atlanta rapper, Kanye West is auctioning off his soul to Donald Trump to gain power.
But West, who's from Chicago, told Trump that this strategy is detrimental.
West's first visit to Mr Trump was at his eponymous Manhattan skyscraper in 2016, a month after he won the election, but this was the rapper's first trip to the White House.
"I have an open mind", Trump assured him.
It was the first of several off-color remarks Kanye would drop in the Oval Office, including this line: "He might not have expected to have a insane motherfucker like Kanye West run up and support". "There was something about when I put this hat on it made me feel like Superman".
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West credits Trump with stopping a potential war with North Korea and is encouraging Trump to swap his usual Air Force One jet for a hydrogen-powered plane.
West said the president was fearless for trying to tackle criminal justice issues.
After West finished speaking, Trump, who is known for his own stream-of consciousness speaking style, said, "I tell you what - that was pretty impressive".
"That was quite something", Mr Trump said at the end of West's freewheeling soliloquy.
Donning a signature red "Make America Great Again" (MAGA) hat, West, sitting just feet away from the president at the Resolute Desk, talked freely about mental health, prison reform, and improving life for African-Americans. "He's a smart cookie".
The rapper also spoke against stop-and-frisk policing policies, which Mr Trump recently expressed support for. "He might not have thought he'd have a insane motherf-er like Kanye West" to support him. "... It hurts us as people, specifically black people, the idea", she quotes him as saying, "because we say, was America ever great for us?"
"I love everyone, right", he said.