Because of course.
Tuesday, Kanye West met with president-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower.
Trump said there were “just friends” and that they’ve “known each other a long time.” When asked what their meeting entailed, Trump said “life”.
West answered no questions, but smiled and said he wanted to take pictures.
E! News reported:
The “Jesus Walks” rapper met with Trump to discuss becoming an “ambassador of sorts,” a source close to West tells E! News. The source adds that Trump is interested in getting West involved in an “entrepreneurial leadership role.”
As for how the meeting came about, the insider tells us that Trump’s team reached out to West. “Trump thinks he’s a great role model when it comes to business,” the insider adds.
E! News has reached out to Trump’s team for comment.
West’s meeting comes nearly two weeks after being released from the hospital for exhaustion. His New York City trip also included a visit to an apartment building in the Financial District, as well as some time at a recording studio. The Life of Pablo musician arrived at Trump Tower around 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, spending only a brief amount of time with the president-elect before the two returned to the lobby to answer questions.
During a TV fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Katrina, West (now) famously went off script and claimed, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” West later apologized to President Bush in person.
West is known for his antics and also for his reality TV star wife, Kim Kardashian. As much as I abhor the idea of a Hollywood presidency, there’s something rather brilliant about publicly working with entertainment influencers, particularly if Trump is serious about his “healing the nation” talk. Better to have allies on the Left Coast than enemies.
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