DRAMA IN WEST WING
Kanye’s crazy day in Oval Office
HE went to Washington to promote important causes including prison reform and black rights, but after a wandering, obscenity-laden 10-minute speech, Kanye West left showman-in-chief Donald Trump almost speechless.
“I tell you what, that was pretty impressive. That was quite something,” said President Trump, who is rarely not in command of a room, to reporters packed into the Oval Office.
Mr Trump was speaking after the pair’s pre-lunch press conference in which the rapper, wearing a red Make America Great Again cap, discussed his marriage to reality TV star Kim Kardashian, ponder a tilt at the presidency in 2024, and even swoop around the Resolute Desk to hug a grinning Mr Trump.
In one of the White House’s more unorthodox days, a rare interview also screened with Melania Trump, in which the First Lady described herself as possibly “the most bullied person in the world”.
The day started with Mr Trump giving a meandering 46-minute phone interview to his favourite breakfast show,
Fox & Friends, ending with host Steve Doocy winding up the chat with a direction to Mr Trump to “go run the country”.
But it was the West meeting that drew saturated media coverage. It was not his first meeting with Mr Trump and he has been criticised in the past week for appearing on comedy show Saturday Night
Live in a “MAGA” hat. “Trump is on his hero’s journey right now,” West said.
“And he might not have expected to have a crazy motherf---er like Kanye West run up and support, but best believe we are going to make America great.”
Explaining his support for the President, West said he reserved the right to his own opinions.
“You know, people expect that if you’re black you have to be Democrat,” he said, adding that he was drawn to social activism because of his experience growing up without a dad.
“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.”
He also addressed criticism of his support for Mr Trump.
“I think it’s the bravery that helps you beat this game called life. They tried to scare me to not wear this hat, but this hat, it gives me power, in a way,” he said. “It was something about when I put this hat on, it made me feel like Superman. You made a Superman (he said to Mr Trump).
“That was my — that’s my favourite superhero. And you made a Superman cape.”
Addressing a question afterwards of whether West was presidential material, Mr Trump said: “Could very well be.”
“Only after 2024,” West responded.
From top, Kanye West hugs Donald Trump, congratulates him, congratulates himself, and is then congratulated by Ivanka Trump.