Sunday 24 September 2017

Meeting of minds as Donald Trump hosts Kanye West

Donald Trump and Kanye West
Donald Trump and Kanye West

Rachael Alexander in New York

A newly blond Kanye West visited Donald Trump yesterday, with the US president-elect saying they had a meeting in which they talked about "life" but he refused to say whether West would perform at his inauguration.

West (39) stood silently next to the billionaire for photos in the lobby of Trump Tower after their meeting. Asked why he wasn't speaking, the global superstar said: "I just want to take a picture right now."

Mr Trump said he and West were "just friends" and called the rapper a "good man". He said they discussed "life" during their chat, but neither answered questions about West possibly performing at the inauguration on January 20 .

The rapper entered the building shortly after 9am with a large entourage that did not include his wife Kim Kardashian West.

Last month during a concert in San Jose, California, West said he didn't vote in the presidential election, but if he had, he would have cast a ballot for Mr Trump.

He also praised the president-elect's "method of communication" as "very futuristic" and spoke about his own plans to run for president in 2020, saying that he will become "a different kind of president".

Mr Trump was also shown in a video for West's single 'Famous', released last year. It also featured Rihanna and former US president George W Bush.

West recently spent more than a week in hospital in Los Angeles for stress and exhaustion after police were called to reports of a disturbance involving him.

Days before his hospitalisation, he abruptly cancelled his US concert tour.

The US star had been admitted to hospital on November 21 suffering from "temporary psychosis due to sleep deprivation and dehydration", before being released two weeks ago.

The rapper has previously announced that he supports Mr Trump and repeatedly claims that he will run for president himself in 2020.

He said at a concert in November: "I told y'all I didn't vote, right?

"But if I would've voted, I would've voted for Trump."

Irish Independent

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