DRAMA IN WEST WING

Kanye’s crazy day in Oval Of­fice

Herald Sun - - NEWS - SARAH BLAKE sarah.blake@news.com.au

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.

Pic­tures: GETTY, BLOOMBERG, AFP

From top, Kanye West hugs Don­ald Trump, con­grat­u­lates him, con­grat­u­lates him­self, and is then con­grat­u­lated by Ivanka Trump.

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