The rapper gave a varied and at times explosive 10-minute speech in front of reporters during the public sit-down with the President
West – who was wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat, which he said “made me feel like Superman” – met Trump in the Oval Office of The White House, with a televised sit-down between the rapper, the President and the former NFL player Jim Brown taking place prior to a working lunch which was set to focus on such topics as urban revitalisation, new workforce training programs and more.
Members of the press were invited into the Oval Office prior to that lunch to witness the meeting, where West launched into a meandering, 10-minute-long soliloquy which touched on a number of subjects.
“Let’s stop worrying about the future, all we have is today,” West said, before elaborating on his support for the current President.”Trump is on his hero’s journey right now. He might not have thought he’d have a crazy motherfucker like me [supporting him].”
The rapper also hinted once again at his apparent plans to run for the US presidency in 2024.
West also addressed such topics as the stop-and-frisk policing policies in Chicago, possible clemency for the incarcerated Larry Hoover (who West called “a living statue”) and manufacturing. “We have to bring jobs into America because our best export is entertainment and ideas, but when we make everything in China and not America we are cheating our country,” West said about the latter point.
He also claimed that he had been misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder in the past year, saying that he had instead only been sleep deprived.
After he finished speaking, Trump remarked: “That was quite something.” West replied: “It was from the soul. I just channelled it.” He then hugged the President, saying: “I love this guy right here.”
See photos and footage from the extraordinary meeting below.
West had been tipped by some early reports to be present at the signing of the Music Modernization Act into law, which Trump conducted earlier today (October 11). However, West was a no-show at the ceremony – which was instead attended by such artists as Kid Rock, the Beach Boys’ Mike Love and the Recording Academy President Neil Portnow.
Elsewhere, a poem written about Kanye West by the late Leonard Cohen prior to his death has emerged this month in a new posthumous collection.