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President Trump calls Kanye West a 'genius' ahead of their meeting with Jim Brown bill signing with Kid Rock

Sporting his now-signature "Make America Great Again" hat, West made his first trip to the executive mansion to move the needle on several issues close to his heart and, before he deleted it, his social media feed - among them prison reform, gang violence and his hometown of Chicago.

West said that much of the nation's inner-city factory jobs have moved to China, and that with Trump's trade standoff with the country, those areas may see economic rejuvenation.

It has rarely happened before in this administration, but on Thursday afternoon, Donald Trump wasn't the most puzzling figure sitting in the Oval Office.

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

"I didn't mean to put you on the (spot), bro", Kanye told Trump, who said "I'm open to everything" about the subject. "That was quite something".

Kanye West not only gifted President Trump with a pair of Yeezy's in a size 12, but he also gave him a custom "Make America Great" hat, leaving out the "Again" in Trump's campaign slogan, TMZ reports.

"They tried to scare me, my friends, to not wear this hat, but this hat, it gives me power in a way", West said of the red MAGA hat he wore to the meeting.

He also praised President Donald Trump as the embodiment of "male energy" and someone on a "hero's journey".

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The entire conversation was profanity-laced, convoluted and altogether as unusual as you might expect. 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.

The Grand Hustle rapper revealed that Kanye asked him to accompany him to the meeting at the White House with Trump, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, and he turned him down.

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.

Taking questions from reporters, the rapper also voiced concern about stop-and-frisk policing.

"You don't have to agree with [T] rump but the mob can't make me not love him", West wrote on Twitter."We are both dragon energy. He is my brother", West wrote. Trump brought up his decision to commute the life sentence of Alice Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother who'd been incarcerated since 1996 for a drug-related conviction, in early June.

After one of West's 10-minute sermon-style speeches, the president took over, complimenting the rapper for being a "smart cookie". But West himself had a caveat: "Only after 2024".

Kid Rock's presence is hardly a surprise, but Kanye's continued stanning of the president is at turns upsetting and wildly disappointing.

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