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West also said he viewed Trump as a "father figure", adding that putting on the "Make America Great Again" hat made him feel like "Superman" who could help the world.

Hogan Gidley, White House deputy press secretary, said the president would host a "working lunch in the private dining room off the Oval Office" with West and Brown.

"(But) This hat, it gives me power", West said. You know, my dad and my mom separated, so I didn't have a lot of male energy in my home. 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.

"I didn't mean to put you on the (spot), bro", Kanye told Trump, who said "I'm open to everything" about the subject. "I just channeled it".

Trump said: "That's really nice".

West rejected the notion that celebrities must have "a monolithic voice that forced to be for a specific party".

The tête-à-tête also comes the same week as West's longtime rival, Taylor Swift, entered the political arena for the first time, encouraging her fans to register to vote and endorsing Tennessee Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen and House candidate Jim Cooper, also a Democrat. How is it possible that the same man who said "George Bush doesn't care about black people" on national television is the same dude rocking a MAGA hat and lauding Trump? In a weird performance last month on "Saturday Night Live" he delivered an unscripted pro-Trump message after the credits rolled.




As recently as August, Trump seemed to be digging himself a large hole among African Americans when he got into a Twitter war with basketball great and black icon LeBron James.

Mr. Trump told reporters, "It's also a respect issue".

He continued, "Let's stop worrying about the future all we have is today...Trump is on his hero's journey right now". Brown, a civil rights leader, has met Trump previously.

"It is boring, it's not as exciting as this", he said gesturing towards his mobile phone.

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

On Thursday, West began the much-anticipated sit-down by praising Trump's efforts in North Korea saying, "On day one you solved one of [Obama's] biggest troubles".

He broke into a nervous laugh and we just hope he's not referencing his weird new song again, you know the one where he says he'd "smash" his four sister-in-laws.


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