President Trump and Kanye West could be pairing up for more than just a White House visit, the chief executive said Thursday.
Trump says he ‘could see’ himself campaigning with the rapper.
‘Well, I could see it. I could see it,’ the president said on ‘Fox & Friends’ on Thursday morning.
West lunches with trump Thursday and is expected to stick around for a closed-door signing of legislation that changes how music is licensed to streaming services.
President Trump and Kanye West could be pairing up for more than just a White House visit. Trump says he ‘could see’ himself campaigning with the rapper who came to see him at Trump Tower in New York City after his election and is coming to talk to him again on Thursday
THIS GUY: Trump has credited Kanye West with his own surge in support among African Americans
Arrival: Jim Brown, the NFL Hall of Famer who is part of the lunch with Kanye, declined to answer questions when he arrived at the White House
Lunch with the president: Jim Brown, the Hall of Fame running bank, will have lunch in the Oval Office private dining room with Trump, Kanye, Jared Kushner and Ivanka
Trump said that they’ll discussion prison reform when they meet, as well, picking up where the president and West’s wife, Kim Kardashian West, left off in their White House conversation.
‘You know what he wants? he’s not asking for anything for himself,’ the president said. ‘He’s a private guy, and he wants to help people, and I think, maybe most, more than anything, is prison reform because his wife was terrific, Kim. She was the one who brought the attention to Mrs. [Alice] Johnson.’
Kanye West has been hit with extreme criticism over his support for Trump, a Republican. He’s pictured in a “Make America Great Again” hat
Trump credited Kanye West with his own surge in support among African Americans.
‘He’s got a big following in the African American community,’ the president asserted.
He hailed West as a ‘smart guy’ on Tuesday and said the artist ‘loves’ what this administration is doing for African-Americans.
‘He’s been a terrific guy. He loves what we’re doing for African-American jobs, for so many different things. Median incomes…is at all-time high. Poverty level at the best rate, meaning the lowest rate. And Kanye is a smart guy and he sees that,’ the president told DailyMail.com.
The rapper is coming to visit the White House on Thursday. He’ll lunch with Trump and meet with Jared Kushner.
‘And also coming with him. He said, “You mind if I bring Jim Brown?” Big Jim Brown. Boy, would he be making a lot of money today, right? He was unstoppable. And he’s been a friend of mine. He’s been really with us because he gets it, he really gets it,’ Trump said.
Brown is a former Cleveland Browns running back who is a Football Hall of Famer.
‘He sees that African-American, and by the way, Hispanic and Asian have never done better in this country, and he likes it,’ the president said of West.
The White House said the lunch with ‘award-winning Rapper, Producer, and Fashion Designer Kanye West’ would take place in the Oval Office’s private dining room.
‘The discussion will be centered on President Trump’s historic work to benefit all Americans such as urban revitalization, the creation of Opportunity Zones, new workforce training programs, record highs in African American employment, the creation of manufacturing jobs, ideas from his meeting with African American pastors, potential future clemencies, and addressing the massive violent crime surge in Chicago,’ deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement.
In the months before Trump took office, West came to congratulate him on his victory at Trump Tower in New York City.
LUNCH WITH KANYE
Caprese Salad with Balsamic Glaze
Roasted Chicken with Fingerling Potatoes and Sautéed Asparagus
Source: The White House
One man’s White House visit is another man’s marketing opportunity: Local tour guide Don Folden said he wanted to show Kanye the capital’s African-American heritage
West’s wife, the reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, has since visited the White House to meet with Trump and Kushner to discuss prison reform and push for clemency for a first-time drug offender.
Their May meeting led the president to grant clemency to Alice Marie Johnson, whom Kardashian West had become a prominent supporter of after reading about her case online.
Kardashian visited the White House in September for a second time. She’s not known to have spoken to the president during that trip. She participated in a prison reform panel with Kushner and the president’s daughter, also a senior White House adviser, Ivanka Trump.
West, 41, has deleted his social media accounts following a string of controversial stunts including wearing a Make America Great Again cap during an appearance on Saturday Night Live.
He was also booed while making a pro-Trump speech when the cameras stopped rolling on the late-night show in September.
The unscheduled rant led to Pete Davidson, Ariana Grande’s finance and an SNL castmate, to publicly slam West.
During last Saturday’s show he said: ‘Kanye is a genius, but like a musical genius. Like Joey Chestnut is a hot dog-eating genius. But I don’t want to hear Joey Chestnut’s opinion on things that are not hot dog related.
‘I know Kanye is saying, this is the real me. I’m off the meds. Take them! There’s no shame in the medicine game. I’m on them. There’s nothing wrong with taking them.
‘If I ever got on a plane and the pilot said, “I just want all you to know, this is the real me flying,” I’d jump out. Being mentally-ill is not an excuse to act like a jackass.’
Kenan Thompson, another one of SNL’s long-standing comics, also took issue with the politically-charged diatribe.
Kim Kardashian West, visited the White House in May to meet with Mr Trump and Mr Kushner to discuss prison reform
Speaking to the Seth Meyers podcast, he said: ‘That was just gnarly, he’s such a setup artist. He invited the cast back up there to immediately s*** on them.
‘What kind of weird, let me be the puppet master type s*** is that? I’m so glad that I’d gone to my room to change.
Thompson remarked, ‘It’s just leaning your personal opinion so heavy on others.
‘Everybody’s opinion should be up for debate. You’re putting it out here like what your word says goes, and that’s just not fair.’
Kanye West deleted social media accounts ‘because he was obsessed’
The Grammy-winner, 41, ‘got to the point where he realized his rants were becoming unhealthy,’ which is ‘why he deleted his account,’ a source told
‘When he gets into these Twitter rants, it’s very difficult for him to stop,’ the source said. ‘It’s like an obsession and it actually affects his life. He knows it’s not healthy, so he wants to take things down a notch.’
West (pictured on his private jet), 41, has deleted his social media accounts following a string of controversial stunts including wearing a Make America Great Again cap during an appearance on Saturday Night Live
The ‘Runaway’ singer’s spouse Kim Kardashian, whom he shares three kids with – daughter North, five, son Saint, two, and daughter Chicago, eight months – ‘agreed it was time’ he take a moratorium from social media amid a slew of controversies, as ‘she just wants him to focus on his family for a bit now.’
Kanye ‘can also focus better on his music and being creative when he avoids social media,’ the source said.
After more than a year off of Twitter, West began tweeting again this past April, raising eyebrows in particular for stating that the 13th Amendment – outlawing slavery – should be abolished, as well as statement in strong support of President Donald Trump.
After he delivered a speech touting the greatness of the ‘Apprentice’ host as he closed Saturday Night Live last month, the cast’s Pete Davidson called it ‘one of the worst, most awkward things’ he’s seen during his time on the variety show.
Davidson also brushed off claims West made that he was instructed not to wear the Make America Great Again cap made famous by the commander in chief.
‘He wore it all week – no one told him not to wear it,’ Davidson said. ‘I wish I bullied him. I wish I had suggested it might upset people. Like your wife, or every black person ever.’