Kanye West defends support for Trump, in front of Trump

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Rapper Kanye West speaks during his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on October 11, 2018.

During a lunch meeting at the Oval Office, West wore a red "Make America Great Again" hat and spoke in front of reporters and cameras for almost 10 minutes about prison reform, mental health, the 13th Amendment, and his love for the president.

West has made headlines today about his behavior during the sit-down. which included a couple classic Kanye rants, a heap of Trump praising and even a hug between the two men.

West also banged his fist on the Oval Office's famed Resolute Desk and discussed his bipolar diagnosis.

Just as he did during his recent appearance on the sketch program, the Chicago native sported "Make America Great Again" hat while noting, "they tried to scare me to not wear this hat". The president responded by saying, "I don't wanna put you in that spot". "I just channeled it".

But West, who's from Chicago, tells Trump that this strategy is detrimental.

To which West replied, "Only after 2024".

Speaking in front of a dozen cameras, West greeted Trump with open arms and shared his love for him as a "father figure" in his life.

West rejected the notion that celebrities must have "a monolithic voice that forced to be for a specific party". I have conversations that basically said that welfare is the reason why a lot of black people end up being Democrat. "If you see a black family, it says, 'They're looting.' You see a white family, it says, 'They're looking for food.' And you know that it's been five days because most of the people are black".

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"What I need Saturday Night Live to improve on, or what I need the liberals to improve on, is if he don't look good, we don't look good".

Mr Trump won 8 percent of the African-American vote in 2016. Also attending is former National Football League great Jim Brown, a civil rights leader who has met with Trump previously.

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The White House has said they will talk about manufacturing, prison reform, preventing gang violence and reducing violence in Chicago, where West grew up.

"It is boring, it's not as exciting as this", he said gesturing towards his mobile phone.

The rapper also spoke against stop-and-frisk policing policies, which Mr Trump recently expressed support for.

"You stopped the war", he told Mr Trump. Kanye also lauded Trump for solving the North Korea nuclear crisis in one day.

Wow. If you were wondering which ego was bigger, we have a victor!

The commutation came as a result of the influence of Kim Kardashian West, Kanye's wife, who visited the White House to discuss the case with the president.

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