President trumpDonald John Trump Trump repeats the claim without evidence that paid protesters interrupted his rallies Five points to draw from the final debate of the Tennessee Senate Trump opposes the Democrats at the Pennsylvania rally as Hurricane Michael hits Florida MORE On Thursday, he hosted Kanye West for a wild meeting in the Oval Office days after the rapper made a public demonstration of support for the president.
Trump said that "Kanye has been a friend of mine for a long time" because West, who was wearing a red hat "Make America Great Again", sat across from him at the Resolute Desk.
The mercurial rap star launched into a 10-minute profane monologue that addressed her own struggles for mental health, the pitfalls of the prison system, the 13th Amendment, ways to improve the lives of African-Americans in inner cities, their relationship with sportswear. Adidas giant and a plane powered by hydrogen, said it could replace Air Force One.
The fans of West are no strangers to his disconnected speeches, which he frequently utters in his concerts. But Trump seemed surprised by West's display inside the most powerful room in the world, sitting with his arms crossed while listening to the rapper speak.
"I'll tell you what, that was pretty impressive, huh?" Trump said after West concluded, which caused the laughter of others in the room. "That was something pretty."
The rapper acknowledged that the president could be surprised by his open support.
"Trump is on his hero's journey right now, he may not have thought he would have a crazy mother, like Kanye, who gets support," he said.
The president was clearly pleased when West piled it up. West credited Trump with stopping a possible war with North Korea and described the president as a father figure to him, saying that growing up with his mother and father apart meant that "there was not much masculine energy in my home."
West got up from his chair near the end of his comments and gave Trump a side hug. "I love this guy," West said.
Kanye West with President Trump in the Oval Office: "I love this guy here." pic.twitter.com/40Q24j5fRJ
– CSPAN (@cspan) October 11, 2018
The rap star also addressed the response he received in the entertainment industry for supporting Trump, who was criticized for raising racial tensions with his comments about white nationalist violence and the players protesting in the NFL, saying: "I have the balls to put on this hat. " "
"What I need & # 39; Saturday Night Live & # 39; to improve and what I need the liberals to improve: if it does not look good, we do not see each other well," said Trump's "famous" rapper. "This is our president, he has to be the coolest, the aviator."
"If it does not look good, we do not see each other well, this is our president," West says of President Trump. pic.twitter.com/VoXNy5f6rp
– CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) October 11, 2018
Trump returned the favor and said Kanye "can speak for me anytime he wants, it's a smart cookie.
"It could very well be," Trump said when asked if West could run for president.
"Only after 2024," replied West.
The strange scene depicted when Trump and West were surrounded by dozens of television cameras and journalists inside the Oval Office.
It created an uncomfortable split-screen effect on the cable news, as the networks separated from the coverage of Hurricane Michael, which killed two people and caused widespread damage to property in the most powerful storm that hit the Florida Panhandle. in recorded history.
Trump is also embroiled in a diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia, a close ally of the United States whose government has been accused of orchestrating the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi who fled to the United States because of his criticism of his country's government. origin.
For days, however, Trump has been waiting for his meeting with West, one of the few A-list celebrities to openly support his presidency. He spoke to reporters several times before their meeting.
The president has repeatedly pointed out West's support as a sign that he is more popular among blacks than polls say. The president won 8 percent of the black vote in the 2016 election, according to the exit poll, and the Gallup follow-up poll has long shown Trump's support among African Americans ranging from 10 to 15 percent. hundred.
Trump tweeted the praise for West last week after he appeared on "Saturday Night Live" wearing one of his signature red campaign hats and delivering an unscripted speech to the studio audience expressing support for Trump.
Like many, I do not see Saturday Night Live (despite having received it before), it is no fun, no talent or charm. It's just a political announcement for the Democrats. The news is that Kanye West, who put on a MAGA hat after the show (despite being told "no"), was great. He is leading the charge!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2018
West is married to Kim Kardashian, the reality star who recently met with Trump to ask him to forgive a non-violent offender. The rapper urged Trump to grant clemency to Larry Hoover, a former gang leader who is currently serving a life sentence in federal prison, but the president did not respond to his guilty plea.
The White House said the meeting was convened so that Trump and West could talk about manufacturing, urban revitalization, reducing violent crime in Chicago and criminal justice reform.
Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerVirginia Dem rips of the administration in Khashoggi McConnell that studies the reform of the criminal justice after the partial examinations Trump says that he has spoken with Saudi officials about the disappeared journalist MORE, the son-in-law of the president and the principal adviser who focused on the reform of the prison, attended the meeting, as did his wife, Ivanka, who is also Trump's daughter and adviser to the White House.
Trump and West did not agree on all the issues. When a reporter asked him about Trump's support for the controversial "stop and search" police tactics, West responded that they would discuss it, but they told Trump: "I did not want to put you in an explosion like that, brother."
"I'm open minded here," said Trump.
Former NFL star Jim Brown was also present. Brown has always openly expressed civil rights issues and has expressed his support for the president. Brown, 82, spoke only briefly, saying he felt "right" to be in the Oval Office and looked forward to discussing his agenda.
Later, the group dined on a lunch of caprese salad and roasted chicken with potatoes and asparagus, the White House told reporters.
-Updated at 2:20 p.m.