Kanye West is in the house – the White House, to be precise.
The rapper, who has become one of Trump’s highest-profile celebrity supporters, visited the president at the White House for a planned meeting Thursday afternoon. West dined roasted chicken and fingerling potatoes over lunch with Trump, Jared Kushner and Ivanka, fellow musician Kid Rock and Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown.
They met Trump in the Oval Office, where West told reporters that Trump gave him ” a Superman cape” to help do good … 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. It’s beautiful, though.”
The rapper, who sported a red “Make America Great Again” cap, also reiterated his claim that “they tried to scare me to not wear this hat,” as he did during his recent appearance on the season opener of “Saturday Night Live.”
West then gave a 10-minute soliloquy in which he said that he had been misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder and was sleep deprived.
After he finished, Trump said, “I tell you what that was pretty impressive. That was quite something.”
The rapper replied, “It was from the soul. I just channeled it.”
Kid Rock, another celebrity Trump booster, watched the president sign the landmark Music Modernization Act, which guarantees increased and faster royalty payments for performers, songwriters and producers.
The Detroit musician arrived around 11 a.m. and later posed for photos with White House advisor Kellyanne Conway in front of the West Wing Colonnade.
After the signing ceremony, he said, “Everybody knows that this music of business is a pretty dirty business … But this is a great start to protect songwriters, producers, engineers – the unsung heroes behind many of these songs that go out there.”
Turning to Trump, he added “There’s a whole lot of people in this country that do give you a lot of credit for everything you’ve been doing for this country. We know that some people don’t give you as much as maybe they should sometimes.”
This isn’t the first high-profile meeting between Trump and either musician. Kid Rock visited the Oval Office in April 2017 and West famously traveled to Trump Tower in December 2016, where he discussed “multicultural issues” with the then-president-elect and posed for photos in the building’s lobby.
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