Kanye West’s monologue leaves President Trump speechless

Joann Johnston
October 12, 2018

Trump also defended West as a "nice guy" and "actually a different kind of person than people think".

Trump and West previously appeared together shortly after Trump's 2016 election in the lobby of Trump Tower in NY.

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The White House has said they will talk about manufacturing, prison reform, preventing gang violence and reducing violence in Chicago, where West grew up.

He said his "Make America Great Again" hat gives him power. "When I put this hat on I felt like Superman", he told Trump.

"When Kim Kardashian visited President Trump, she took a very solemn photo with him".

"But the campaign, I'm With Her, just didn't make me feel as a guy that didn't get to see my dad all the time, like a guy that could play catch with his son". "This Adidas thing made me a billionaire".

"Listen, black folks are about to trade Kanye West in the racial draft", Setmayer said. I want to hear what Kanye West wants to do when we're talking about criminal justice reform or prisoner reentry - the fact is he can not.

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He showed the president a video on his phone of a hydrogen-powered plane and said Trump should travel in it.

The Grammy victor alluded to the president as a father figure: "My dad and my mom separated so there was not a lot of male energy in my home and also I'm married to a family where, you know, there's not a lot of male energy", West said while appearing alongside Trump.

In the Oval Office on Thursday, West - who has a new album coming out - again flirted with the idea of a presidential run, but "only after 2024". We don't just make our decisions off of racism.

"We have to release the love" in the country, he said. He has at various points suggested slavery was "a choice" and that the 13th Amendment, which outlawed slavery, should be abolished.

At the end of the 10-minute monologue, during which Mr Trump had nodded in approval, the president said: "That was quite something".

"We feel stop-and-frisk does not help relationships in the city".

West's mental health has been a question of speculation since he was hospitalized in 2016. "You are tasting a fine wine that has multiple notes in it", he said.

As a wall of journalists and senior advisers looked on, the president, a consummate showman not accustomed to sharing the camera, seemed to marvel at West's ability to command the room.

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