The Oval Office was the scene of a remarkable – and sometimes wild – meeting between President Trump and his big fan, Kanye West.
“Kanye has been a friend of mine for a long time,” the president said Thursday as the rapper sat across the desk from him wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 11, 2018
West had all eyes and ears on him as he dove into a monologue covering everything from criminal justice, his mental health and his proud support of the president whom he praised for his work with North Korea.
“On day one you solved one of [Obama’s] biggest troubles. We solved one of the biggest problems,” West said as he heaped praise on Trump.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) October 11, 2018
“This is our president. He has to be the freshest. The flyest,” he said.
West explained how his MAGA hat was like Superman’s cape and how his cohorts in the entertainment industry have given him heat over his support of Trump.
“I love Hillary. I love everyone, but the campaign ‘I’m with her’ just didn’t make me feel — as a guy … it was something about this hat that made me feel like Superman,” famed musician Kanye West said of his MAGA hat while discussing masculinity, the economy and his brand pic.twitter.com/T06Z5tOSIU
— POLITICO (@politico) October 11, 2018
Kanye says he gets power from wearing his red MAGA hat, calls it his Superman’s cape. pic.twitter.com/EZVO5gNHjB
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) October 11, 2018
The White House press pool reported that West said Trump “might not have expected a crazy motherf—-r like Kanye running up to support.”
Kanye just said “motherf***er” in the Oval Office. Per WH pool.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 11, 2018
It is true Kanye was cursing int rhe Oval Office saying M-F and B-S. He even banged on the desk and then he got up and hugged @realDonaldTrump and said I love you!
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) October 11, 2018
BREAKING: Kanye West, now known as ‘Ye’, just became the first person to ever publicly say ‘mother-f***er’ in the Oval Office. pic.twitter.com/mligaQjNYM
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 11, 2018
The president was equally complimentary of his guest, saying Kanye “can speak for me any time he wants. he’s a smart cookie. He gets it.”
And speak he did.
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) October 11, 2018
Kanye holding court at the Oval Office. “It’s habilitation not rehabilitation.” pic.twitter.com/xkRGRCfws5
— Gene Park (@GenePark) October 11, 2018
The term Dragon Energy became popular after Kanye coined it to describe Trump, but in the White House he spoke of “male energy.” Ben Shapiro summed up the meeting like this:
Ok, I need someone to photoshop Trump and Kanye on the back of this dragon
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) October 11, 2018
The rapper, who is married to reality-TV star Kim Kardashian, covered multiple topics and even showed Trump a photo of the “iPlane One” as a replacement for Air Force One.
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) October 11, 2018
West spoke about his recent bipolar disorder diagnosis as well in his nearly 10-minute monologue, until Trump broke in to tell him he appreciated his honesty.
US President Donald Trump meets with rapper Kanye West in the Oval Office at the White House pic.twitter.com/YqE8HB7Zlq
— AFP news agency (@AFP) October 11, 2018
“I tell you what that was pretty impressive,” Trump said. “That was quite something.”
“It was from the soul. I just channeled it,” West replied.
Kanye West goes full Kanye West during Oval Office meeting with Trump, saying of the president: “He might not expect to have a crazy motherf*cker like Kanye West support him.” More from the pool report: pic.twitter.com/Vv7sWEp05k
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) October 11, 2018
Trump later agreed that West “could very well be” a contender for president one day.
“Only after 2024,” West replied.
The Chicago-raised rapper met with his long-time friend before lunch at the White House, and was joined in the room by former NFL player and actor Jim Brown as well as Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, the president’s senior adviser.