Kanye West Meets With President Trump At The Oval Office

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Kanye West Meets With President Trump At The Oval Office

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The Kanye West-Donald Trump flirtation was consummated with a hug. Although Kanye wasn’t present as promised when Trump signed the Music Modernization Act into law earlier today, he made sure no one could miss him during a lunchtime summit with the president in the Oval Office today. Joining Kanye was retired NFL legend Jim Brown.

As usual, Kanye had lots to say. “Time is a myth,” for instance. He also told Trump that putting on the MAGA hat made him “feel like Superman” and gave him the “balls” to score a huge payday from Adidas, whereas Hillary Clinton’s “I’m with her” campaign didn’t connect with him as a child of divorce who didn’t see his father much growing up. (Or something?) Oh, and the president “needs to be the flyest.”

He also addressed ongoing controversies around gun violence (the problem is “illegal guns,” not legal ones) and police violence against blacks. “As black people, we have to take responsibility for what we’re doing. We kill each other more than police officers,” Kanye said. “And that’s not saying that the police officer is not an issue because they are in a position of power.”

Kanye also entered his phone password live on camera. It’s 000000, in case you’re wondering.

And yes, there was a hug. The phrase “I love this guy right here” was uttered. It was really something.

Watch footage of the meeting below.

UPDATE: According to TMZ, Kanye gave Trump a redesigned MAGA hat and a pair of Yeezys once the media left the Oval Office. Kanye’s version just says “Make America Great.” He tells TMZ that this updated slogan is an acknowledgement that America needs work. Kanye gifted custom MAG hats to Ivanka and Jared Kushner, too. Ivanka’s says “Make Earth Great Again” and Kushner’s reads “Travel Space Again.” Kanye also showed Trump his idea for a new Air Force 1.

He maintains that he lobbied Trump during their meeting on prison reform and manufacturing jobs. Apparently, Kanye told Trump that he plans on creating a factory in Chicago called “Larry’s,” where he would hire former inmates to manufacture his “Make America Great” hats and other items. The factory would be named after Larry Hoover, the Chicago gang leader serving six life sentences for murder.

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