On Tuesday morning, rapper Kanye West was spotted walking into an elevator at Trump Tower in New York City, with an entourage and videographer with him to meet with the Republican president-elect.
“[Kanye’s] meeting with the president-elect,” Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks wrote in an email.
The two scheduled the meeting because Trump “is going to be president for all Americans”. “[Kanye] has had positive things to say about the president-elect,” and Trump is interested in “putting together coalitions” and wants to “reach out to people both from traditional and nontraditional political viewpoints”.
Earlier this fall, West told fans in San Jose, on the second leg of his Saint Pablo tour, that he would’ve voted for Trump if he’d cast a ballot: “I said something that was kind of politically correct. I told y’all I didn’t vote, right? What I didn’t tell you… If I were to have voted, I would have voted on Trump.” Shortly afterward, the rapper was hospitalized for what was reportedly a mental breakdown.
West has repeatedly said he plans to run for president in 2020, and Trump praised West on the campaign trail last year.
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