Wednesday 18 September 2019

'We've been friends for a long time' - Kanye West jets in to meet Donald Trump

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and musician Kanye West pose for media at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 13, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and musician Kanye West pose for media at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 13, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
President-elect Donald Trump talks with Kanye West in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump arrives in the lobby at Trump Tower after meeting with musician Kanye West in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 13, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Musician Kanye West arrives for a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 13, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Musician Kanye West arrives for a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 13, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Musician Kanye West arrives for a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 13, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Amy Mulvaney

A newly blonde Kanye West has visited Donald Trump, and the two men posed for photos but did not say much about their discussion.

The rapper arrived at Trump Tower, New York shortly after 9am on Tuesday where he was greeted by the president-elect.

He was joined by a large entourage and videographers.

"We've been friends for a long time," Trump told reporters.

Musician Kanye West arrives for a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 13, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Musician Kanye West arrives for a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 13, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

The president-elect said they discussed "life". The two did not answer questions about whether West would perform at the Inauguration.

When asked why West had nothing to say upon his meeting with the future President of the United States, he responded: "I just want to take a picture right now."

"I'll see you soon," said Trump, as he waved him goodbye.

West was expected to have a meeting with members of Trump's transition team as they search for performers for his inauguration on January 20th.

Musician Kanye West arrives for a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 13, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Musician Kanye West arrives for a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 13, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

The 39-year-old, who spent a week in a Los Angeles hospital for exhaustion and sleep deprivation, was taken upstairs in the tower, located on Fifth Avenue.

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

TMZ reported that Kanye asked for the meeting and Trump said, "Why not?" Kanye's creative director was present along with a Kanye camera crew.

The creative director, Eli Linnetz, produced Kanye's "Fade" and "Famous" music videos. He's also there with Corey Gamble.

The Stronger singer told fans at a California concert that he "would have voted for Trump" if he had voted.

"I told y’all I didn’t vote, right? But I didn’t tell you — I guess I told you — but if I would’ve voted, I would’ve voted on Trump."

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

Mr Trump also was shown in a video for West's single "Famous", released last year. It also featured Rihanna, former President George W Bush, Anna Wintour and Bill Cosby.

This is West's fourth public appearance since he was hospitalised in November.

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