On Tuesday morning, Kanye West showed up at Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan — along with an entourage, of course. He didn’t grab the microphone from Trump — but video of the visit immediately hit the web. West has been tweeting about it ever since.
For a variety of reasons West has been making headlines. After spending time boasting about a potential 2020 presidential run (which he now says may be in 2024), West showed support for Donald J. Trump in November at a concert — telling the crowd that if he had voted in 2016, he would have cast his ballot for Trump.
The meeting between the president-elect and the rapper was originally requested by the musician, TMZ reported. Trump in the past has had kind public words for West. “You know what? I will never say bad about him, you know why?” said Trump at a press conference before the election. “He goes around saying, ‘Trump is my all-time hero.'”
The controversial rapper has had a rough time recently. West was hospitalized at UCLA Medical Center for exhaustion and forced to cancel a handful of shows. West’s wife, Kim Kardashian, was also robbed at gunpoint in Paris in October.
The meeting between Trump and West did not last long and appears to have been of a personal nature. After a brief time together, the two reappeared in the lobby of Trump Tower and were barraged with questions from the press.
When asked why they were having the meeting, Trump responded, “Just friends and he’s a good guy. We’ve been friends for a long time.” In response to what the meeting was about, he said, “Life.”
West appeared to have little interest in answering any questions.
“I just wanted to take a picture right now,” he said before shaking Trump’s hand.
Taking to Twitter to further explain the meeting, West said, “I wanted to meet with Trump to discuss multicultural issues. These included bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculums, and violence in Chicago.”
West continued, “I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future president if we truly want change.”
He then finished with a tweet that simply said, “#2024” — which could be taken as a sign of support for Trump. West had been talking in the last year about possibly running for president in 2020. He now appears ready to hold off on those plans until Trump has two terms in office.