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Kanye West smiles as he listens to a question from a reporter during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House with President Donald Trump
Kanye West smiles as he listens to a question from a reporter during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House with President Donald Trump
Image: Evan Vucci via PA images

Kanye West tells Trump his MAGA hat makes him 'feel like Superman'

Rapper Kanye West made a free-styling appearance in the Oval Office with President Trump.
Oct 11th 2018, 8:20 PM 15,377 76

DECLARING THAT HIS red “MAGA” hat makes him “feel like Superman,” rapper Kanye West made a free-styling appearance in the Oval Office today.

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

West dominated the conversation with a series of monologues that touched on social policy, mental health, endorsement deals and his support for the president.

“Trump is on his hero’s journey right now,” West said, tossing out an expletive to describe himself.

West said that many people believe that, if you’re black, you have to be a Democrat and said he was pressured not to wear his red “Make America Great Again” hat. But he said, “this hat, it gives me power”. 

West credited Trump with preventing a war with North Korea and encouraged Trump to swap his usual Air Force One for a hydrogen-powered plane. West also argued that Trump deserved more respect, saying:

If he don’t look good, we don’t look good.

UPI 20181011 Trump hugs Kanye West during a meeting in the Oval office Source: UPI/PA Images

During one pause in West’s comments, 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 Trump recently expressed support for. Trump said he was open to other ideas.

Trump earlier this week called on Chicago to adopt the strategy, in which large numbers of people are temporarily detained, questioned and sometimes searched for drugs and weapons.

Trump had said that “stop-and-frisk works.”

But West, who’s from Chicago, tells Trump that this strategy is detrimental. Here’s what West said: “We feel stop-and-frisk does not help relationships in the city.”

Trump says he’d been willing to “look at it,” and says, “They have to do something.”

Trump recently tweeted praise for West, who closed a “Saturday Night Live” show wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and delivering an unscripted pro-Trump message after the credits rolled.

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

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