How about that: West leaves Trump speech­less

The Weekend Australian - - WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON: Declar­ing that his red “MAGA” hat made him “feel like Su­per­man”, rap­per Kanye West made a freestyling ap­pear­ance in the Oval Of­fice.

Ahead of a pri­vate lunch, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and West spoke with re­porters on Thurs­day as they sat across from each other at the Res­o­lute desk.

Talk­ing loudly and rapidly on ev­ery­thing from Mr Trump’s pro­tec­tion­ist trade po­lices to re­plac­ing Air Force One with a hy­dro­gen plane, black gun crime, be­ing mar­ried to Kim Kar­dashian and “in­fi­nite amounts of uni­verse”, West left the nor­mally lo­qua­cious Pres­i­dent nearly speech­less.

“That was quite some­thing,” Mr Trump fi­nally said to laugh­ter from as­ton­ished se­nior aides and jour­nal­ists at the end of the so­lil­o­quy, which West punc­tu­ated with bangs of his fist on the leg­endary Res­o­lute desk, used by pres­i­dents since the 1880s.

“It was from the soul. I just chan­nelled it,” the mu­si­cian said, adding — to fur­ther gasps — that Mr Trump “might not have ex­pected to have a crazy moth­erf..ker like Kanye West sup­port­ing him.”

Mr Trump said West “could very well be” fu­ture pres­i­den­tial ma­te­rial, to which the rap­per said he would not want to get in the way of the Repub­li­can’s 2020 re­elec­tion. “Only af­ter him in 2024,” he said. “Trump is on his hero’s jour­ney right now.”

West said many be­lieved that if you were black, you had to be a Demo­crat and he had been pres- sured not to wear his red “Make Amer­ica Great Again” hat. “This hat, it gives me power,” he said.

West cred­ited Mr Trump with pre­vent­ing a war with North Korea and en­cour­aged him to swap his usual Air Force One for a hy­dro­gen-pow­ered plane.

He also said Mr Trump de­served more re­spect: “If he don’t look good, we don’t look good.”

Dur­ing a pause in West’s com­ments, Mr Trump said: “I tell you what, that was pretty impressive”.

He also de­scribed West as a “smart cookie”.

The rap­per also spoke against stop-and-frisk polic­ing poli­cies, which Mr Trump re­cently ex­pressed sup­port for. Mr Trump said he was open to other ideas.

Mr Trump re­cently tweeted praise for West, who closed a Satur­day Night Live show wear­ing a MAGA hat and de­liv­er­ing an un­scripted pro-Trump mes­sage af­ter the cred­its rolled.

West is mar­ried to re­al­ity star Kim Kar­dashian West, who pushed Mr Trump to grant a par­don for a drug of­fender this year.

Join­ing West, Mr Trump, and Amer­i­can foot­ball great Jim Brown were Ivanka Trump and Jared Kush­ner, White House ad­vis­ers and the Pres­i­dent’s daugh­ter and son-in-law.

West said Hil­lary Clin­ton’s “I’m With Her” 2016 cam­paign didn’t gel with him. Look­ing at Trump, he said: “You made a Su­per­man cape for me. That’s my favourite su­per­hero.”

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