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

Kanye West, in \MAGA\ hat, delivers surreal Oval Office show
Kanye West: My red MAGA hat makes me feel like Superman
U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed Kanye West to the White House on Thursday, and said the rapper “has been a friend for a long time.”

West credited Trump with stopping a potential war with North Korea and is encouraging Trump to swap his usual Air Force One jet for a hydrogen-powered plane.

Trump is on his heros journey right now, West said, wearing a red Make America Great Again hat as he was seated across from the president at the Resolute Desk. 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 again.

After running up to hug Trump in the Oval Office, West gave a nearly 10-minute long speech. He said he was pressured not to wear his red “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) hat.

Its unclear what polling data the president was referring to. According to the most recent Gallup poll, Trumps job approval rating stands at 43 percent, while 53 percent of Americans disapprove. Gallup also found just 10 percent of African-Americans approve of the job Trump is doing.

Video: President Trump meets with Kanye West and Jim Brown at the White House

U.S. President Donald Trump hugs rapper Kanye West during a meeting in the Oval office of the White House on October 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Oliver Contreras – Pool/Getty Images)

“My dad and my mom separated so there was not a lot of male energy in my home and also Im married to a family where, you know, theres not a lot of male energy. Its beautiful, though,” West said.

The lunch meeting was supposed to be about prison reform. But West quickly veered off topic as Trump, NFL great Jim Brown, senior adviser Jared Kushner, Secret Service agents and the assembled press pool looked on.

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“I love Hillary [Clinton], I love everyone. But the campaign I’m With Her just didn’t make me feel like, as a guy who didn’t get to see my dad all the time, like a guy who could play catch with his son.”

He continued: “It was something about when I put this [MAGA] hat on it made me feel like Superman. That’s my favourite superhero. You made a Superman cape for me.”

In an interview with Fox & Friends earlier Thursday, Trump claimed that when West first expressed support for him, his poll numbers went up like 25 percent.

West, who has been vocal about his support of Trump since after he was elected in 2016, shared the password to his phone (which is 000000) and announced that he had been misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder. The rapper said he was merely sleep deprived.

West said he wanted to abolish the trap door called the 13th Amendment, because, he said, when the amendment was written it was illegal for blacks to read.

“Lets stop worrying about the future, all we have is today,” he said. “Trump is on his heros journey right now. He might not have thought hed have a crazy motherf**ker like (me).

This is what our president should be flying in, West said, adding that he wants Apple to help him develop the aforementioned plane.

West revealed that he had made a new version of Trumps “Make America Great Again” hat that loses the Again part.

I like him a lot, Trump said in a telephone interview with Fox & Friends on Thursday morning. Hes been a friend of mine. Ive known him for a long time. Hes a very different kind of a guy — I say that in a positive way. But he is a different kind of a guy. Those that are in the music business say that he is a genius. And thats OK with me because as far as Im concerned he is.

WATCH BELOW: Kanye West reveals he’s made a new version of Trump’s ‘MAGA’ hat

According to the most recent Gallup poll, Trumps job approval rating stands at 43 percent, while 53 percent disapprove. The survey showed just 10 percent of African-Americans approve of the job Trump is doing. A Washington Post/ABC News poll conducted in August found just 3 percent of African-Americans approve of the job Trump is doing, compared to 93 percent who disapprove.

“I would love to see, at the Super Bowl, Trump wearing a “Make America Great” hat and Colin [Kaepernick] wearing a “Make America Great” hat and showing we can bend a bit on this side, we can bend a bit on this side and we can learn to be malleable in the infinite universe that we are and the loving beings that we are,” West said.

“We aren’t a side. We are one unit. We are a country. We are one moment in history,” West said.

Trump also bragged that he has so many black athletes supporting him because of the low U.S. unemployment rate among African-Americans — an economic trend that began under former President Barack Obama. The president also suggested that his detractors in Hollywood criticize him in public but actually support him at the polls.

The I Love It rapper also said that many people believe that if someone’s black, then that person has to be a Democrat.

The White House said that Trump and West would discuss a range of issues, including manufacturing, prison reform, preventing gang violence and reducing violence in Chicago, which is where West grew up.

Those people in Hollywood that you hear about, even the ones that do a little talking because they think its cool, they vote for Trump, he said. Ive heard so many of them vote for Trump. They get in that booth, they look around and they press the Trump sticker. They do.

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.

Kanye West stirred controversy in an appearance on NBCs Saturday Night Live last month when he wore a Make America Great Again hat during his performance and delivered a pro-Trump speech to the studio audience.

But West told Trump that this strategy is detrimental.  “We feel stop-and-frisk does not help relationships in the city,” West said.

The president claimed on Fox & Friends that when West first expressed support for him, his poll numbers went up like 25 percent.

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

Stop-and-frisk was used extensively in New York City until it was deemed unconstitutional because of its impact on minority residents. Chicago reached an agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois in 2015 to curb the practice.

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

Trump told Fox and Friends Thursday: “He’s a different kind of guy and that’s OK with me.”

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

The rapper didn't rap. But seated across from U.S. President Donald Trump at the Resolute Desk, the musician delivered a rambling, multipart monologue Thursday that touched on social issues, hydrogen planes, mental health, endorsement deals, politics and so much more.

Seizing the spotlight from the typically centre-stage president, West dropped the F-word, floated policy proposals, and went in for a hug.

"They tried to scare me to not wear this hat," West said of his red "Make America Great Again" cap. But, he said, "This hat, it gives me power in a way."

It was a surreal scene even by the standards of a nonconventional White House. The unlikely allies spoke to reporters before a closed-door lunch that had been billed as a forum to discuss policy issues including manufacturing, gangs, prison reform and violence in Chicago, where West grew up.

Spectators at the show included Trump's son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner, former NFL star Jim Brown, the attorney for a gang leader serving time in federal prison, and a gaggle of reporters.

During one pause, Trump seemed to acknowledge the oddness of the moment, saying, "That was quite something."

West's mental health has been a question of speculation since he was hospitalized in 2016. In a bizarre performance last month on Saturday Night Live he delivered an unscripted pro-Trump message after the credits rolled.

Addressing the topic Thursday, West said he had at one point been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but was later told by a neuropsychologist he'd been misdiagnosed.

"So he said that I actually wasn't bipolar; I had sleep deprivation, which could cause dementia 10 to 20 years from now, where I wouldn't even remember my son's name," he said.

The conversation began with an exchange on North Korea among Trump, Brown and West. Trump said the region was headed for war before he took over, and West commended him for stopping it. Brown said he liked North Korea; Trump agreed.

From there, West discussed prison reform and violence in inner-city Chicago. He brought up Larry Hoover, the leader of the Gangster Disciples, who is serving a life sentence for murder, claiming: "The reason why they imprisoned him is because he started doing positive for the community. He started showing that he actually had power, he wasn't just one of a monolithic voice, that he could wrap people around."

West said he "loved Hillary" Clinton, Trump's 2016 Democratic rival, because he loves everyone, but said he connected with Trump's "male energy." He also criticized the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, calling it a "trap door."

Holding out his phone, West showed Trump a picture of a hydrogen-powered plane that he thought should replace Air Force One.

"This right here is the iPlane 1," he said. "This is what our president should be flying."

Added West: "If he don't look good, we don't look good. This is our president. He has to be the freshest, the flyest" and have "the flyest planes."

West also had a sartorial suggestion for Trump, proposing a hat that says just "Make America Great" — dropping the "again."

West later told reporters of his verbal stylings: "You are tasting a fine wine that has multiple notes to it. You better play 4D chess with me.… It's complex."

Taking questions from reporters, the rapper also voiced concern about stop-and-frisk policing. Trump this week called on Chicago to embrace the tactic, which allowed police to detain, question and search civilians without probable cause, though it was deemed unconstitutional in New York City because of its overwhelming impact on minority residents.

Asked about his comments in 2005 that President George W. Bush didn't "care about black people" after Hurricane Katrina, West said that "we need to care about all people" and that he "was programmed to think in a victimized mentality."

Trump and West previously appeared together shortly after Trump's 2016 election in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York.

Asked what the two had talked about during their December meeting, West responded briefly that time: "Life. We discussed life."

While Trump has been shunned by much of the Hollywood establishment, he has a fan in West, who tweeted earlier this year that the two share "dragon energy."

"You don't have to agree with trump, but the mob can't make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother," West wrote.

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

West himself has suggested he might be open to wading into politics, including a run for president in 2020.

Asked if West could be a future presidential candidate, Trump said, "Could very well be." West shot back, "Only after 2024."

After all that, the president brought the show to a close by suggesting, "Let's go have some lunch, OK?"

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