Trump said West "could very well be" a future presidential candidate.
"I love this guy", Kanye declared in the Oval Office. The rapper visited with the then-president-elect at Trump Tower a month before Trump's inauguration.
West said he "loved Hillary" Clinton, Trump's 2016 Democratic rival, because he loves everyone, but said he connected with Trump's "male energy".
At least Trump handled West's bad idea. dare I say, gracefully? Trump, who recently touted stop-and-frisk, told West he is willing to talk about other solutions.
West has returned the love, bucking left-leaning showbiz trends to come out as a Trump supporter, complete with the red Make America Great Again baseball cap most often seen at the president's rowdy election campaign rallies - where African Americans are often hard to spot. "When I say I like Trump, they say 'Oh, but he's racist.' Do you think racism could control me?"
With that, West launched into a almost 10-minute speech that the rapper said was "from the soul", according to White House pool reports. "I just channelled it", the musician said. "You gave me the heart to go to adidas because at adidas, when I went in in 2015, we were a $14 billion company losing $2 billion a year".
"It was from the soul, I just channeled it", Mr. West said.
While President Trump has approved of Kanye's continuing support (he called 'Ye a "smart cookie" during the meeting), Yeezy made some comments that would seemingly make a lot of his fans pretty upset.
West launched into his 10-minute soliloquy that touched on his decision to wear the MAGA hat on the set of "Saturday Night Live", his bi-polar diagnosis and being part of the extended Kardashian family.
'Now you got a situation where we need to have a dialogue and not a diatribe because if you want something to change, it's not going to change by saying, "Fuck that person".
At one point West unlocked his phone, apparently using the password 0000, and said he had been misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder, and was instead sleep deprived.
The meeting concluded with West getting up to give Trump a hug.
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.