Kanye West, in 'MAGA' hat, delivers surreal Oval Office show

Trump and West talked a range of topics including reducing violence in Chicago which is where the rapper grew

EVAN VUCCI APTrump and West talked a range of topics including reducing violence in Chicago which is where the rapper grew

"It was from the soul", West responded.

"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.

In an impassioned but sometimes hard to follow 10-minute speech, West talked about the "male energy" of Trump's 2016 campaign, the USA relationship with North Korea and his belief that he was misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder. Try setting up your iPhone with a passcode like West's, for instance, and Apple (AAPL) warns you that passcode - as well as passcodes with all the same number or "123456" - can be easily guessed.

West's appearance was a particularly freaky moment for the White House this week, according to reports.

In a almost 10-minute-long speech in the Oval Office, West said he was pressured not to wear his red "Make America Great Again" hat, and said he has felt pressure to be a Democrat because he is black.

It was, in the president's words, "Quite something".


Kanye said the red MAGA baseball cap "made me feel like Superman", before telling Mr Trump: "You made a Superman cape for me".

It was the first of several off-color remarks Kanye would drop in the Oval Office, including this line: "He might not have expected to have a insane motherfucker like Kanye West run up and support". "You are tasting a fine wine that has multiple notes in it", he said.

West said he "loved Hillary" Clinton, Trump's 2016 Democratic rival, because he loves everyone, but said he connected with Trump's "male energy".

Mr. Trump said of the rapper, "He can speak for me anytime he wants".

"Trump is on his hero's journey right now", West said. Hope Hicks, Trump's spokeswoman at the time, said West had requested the meeting.

West told reporters at the Oval Office he loves Clinton.


Here are some of the things West talked about at the Trump press conference.

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Trump said they'd discuss the matter and he'd keep an open mind. "It was something about when I put this hat on, it made me feel like Superman".

In a Fox television interview Thursday, Trump said that West's support had transformed blacks' view of his presidency.

West's wife, the reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, sat down with the president earlier this year to discuss criminal justice reform.

West asked Trump to pardon Larry Hoover, the alleged founder of a notorious Chicago street gang who's serving six life sentences in a federal supermax prison in Colorado.

'Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance'.


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