In Oval Office Remarks, Kanye West Defends His Backing of Trump

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"He gets it", before adding he "could very well be" a future presidential candidate".

"I tell you what, that was pretty impressive", Trump said, when West was more or less done. "That was quite something". "I just channelled it".

The Chicago-raised rapper and the NY real estate mogul-turned president have a long friendship that goes back before the 2016 election.

"I'm here to serve", Brown said when the president asked him how he felt.

Talking at speed on everything from Trump's protectionist trade polices to black gun crime and "infinite amounts of universe", West left the normally talkative president nearly speechless with his performance.

At the end of West's lengthy, sometimes-hard-to-follow dialogue, even Trump seemed at a loss.

Previously, Kanye's reality TV star wife Kim Kardashian has visited the White House to press, successfully, for Trump to grant clemency to Alice Johnson, a woman who was sentenced to life in prison for nonviolent drug crimes. Mr Trump said he was open to other ideas.

And in December 2016, after he was hospitalized for a "psychiatric emergency", West visited Trump, then the president-elect, at Trump Tower in Manhattan.

The White House had said that Trump and West, who were also joined by Hall of Fame NFL running back Jim Brown, would discuss a range of issues, including manufacturing, prison reform, preventing gang violence and reducing violence in Chicago, which is where West grew up.

West has received a lot of backlash from fans and his fellow celebrities for his support of the president.

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In one post, Jenkins wrote that West told people inside that he made a hat for Trump that said, "Make America Great" without the "again" in it, and Trump ended up wearing it.

Trump told Fox and Friends Thursday: "He's a different kind of guy and that's OK with me".

"If he [President Trump] don't look good, we don't look good", he said at one point, attacking the "liberals" on the Saturday Night Live show who have criticised his support for Mr Trump. He also dismissed the notion that labeling Mr. Trump a racist, as some critics have done, would dissuade him from supporting the president.

"You think racism can control me?"

Referring to a prisoner whose case he is raising with the president, West said, "Really, the reason why they imprisoned him is because he started doing positive for the community". He claimed the two shared "dragon energy".

Trump says he'd been willing to "look at it", and says, "They have to do something". "He might not have thought he'd have a crazy" person "like me", he said, using an expletive to describe himself. I didn't rank them in any set order, because how in the world would you even do that?

Trump returned the love at a campaign-style rally in MI in April.

Kanye West and Donald Trump Jr. "That's a very important thing he's done for his legacy".

West, a long-time Trump supporter, also decried the allegedly widespread expectation that black people should be Democrats.

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