Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Kanye: 'Trump hat made me feel like Superman'

Kanye: 'Trump hat made me feel like Superman'

Kanye West met with President Donald Trump on October 11 at the Oval Office, giving an unprepared 10-minute monologue in front of reporters and drawing praise from Trump for his honesty.

West was joined in the Oval Office by legendary football player and activist Jim Brown.

President Donald Trump is set for a White House lunch with rapper Kanye West, whom he calls a longtime friend. "He has to be the freshest, the fliest, the fliest planes, the best factories and we have to make our core be empowered".

At the lunch, "topics of discussions will include manufacturing resurgence in America, prison reform, how to prevent gang violence", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

But West, who's from Chicago, told Trump that this strategy is detrimental. "We're not sending Kanye West to the White House to talk about these issues because he can't".

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"I brought a GIF with me right here", West said in the Oval Office on Thursday during a meeting as he turned his phone over to the president.

"He can speak for me anytime he wants", Trump said, gratefully.

West proceeded to pitch Trump on a hydrogen powered plane that he said should replace Air Force One.

"They tried to scare me to not wear this hat", West said, referring to his "Make America Great Again" hat he wore to the meeting and on a recent appearance on "Saturday Night Live".

CNN reporter Caroline Kelly was also in the store, and she posted a video of West's speech.

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It was easy to believe from the video, judging by his animated motions while sitting across from President Trump . His statement lasted almost 10 minutes before the president chimed in to compliment West on his honesty.

Taking questions from reporters, the rapper also voiced concern about stop-and-frisk policing.

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

Host Chris Wallace later chimed in: "This same guy, Kanye, said George W. Bush didn't care about black people during [Hurricane] Katrina".

"I love everyone, right", he said.

"Really the reason why they imprisoned him was because he started doing positive for the community, he started showing that he had power, that he wasn't one of a monolithic voice, that he could wrap people around", West said.

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In June, Trump commuted the life sentence of a woman for a first-time drug offense whose cause was taken up by celebrity Kanye West's wife, Kim Kardashian West. Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old from Tennessee, had served more than 20 years in prison on drug conspiracy and money laundering charges.

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