Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Donald Trump Jr. defends 'free' thinker Kanye West

Donald Trump Jr. defends 'free' thinker Kanye West

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.

After West finished speaking, Trump, who is known for his own stream-of consciousness speaking style, said, "I tell you what - that was pretty impressive".

"I have a lot of African-American support and a lot has developed over the last little while with Kanye coming out and Jim Brown's been there for a long time", Trump said.

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

Rapper Kanye West shows President Trump a photograph of a hydrogen plane.

Rapper Kanye West speaks to President Donald Trump and others in the Oval Office. "He might not have thought he'd have a insane motherf-er like [me]".

At one point, he unlocked his iPhone and showed Trump and senior advisor Jared Kushner a mockup of a plane that he wants Apple to make to replace Air Force One.

"I hate the way they portray us in the media", West said at the time.

Trump brought up his decision to commute the life sentence of Alice Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother who'd been incarcerated since 1996 for a drug-related conviction, in early June.

"And also, I'm married to a family that, you know - not a lot of male energy going on".

"I love this guy right here", the serial Grammy winning artist declared in the Oval Office, before taking the president in his arms.

The pre-lunch meeting was also attended by former USA football player Jim Brown and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Kanye West came face to face with Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday (Oct. 11).

After Mike Meyers, who appeared alongside the rapper, took his turn reading a few more planned lines, West added calmly: "George Bush doesn't care about black people". The president said the session "was just set up to be a lunch of two people I like". "It was from the soul", West responded.

"Listen, black folks are about to trade Kanye West in the racial draft", Setmayer said. Brown said he liked North Korea; Trump agreed.

Mr. West said his intention is "to release the love throughout the country". After the spectacle, they had a lunch of roasted chicken, fingerling potatoes, and sautéed asparagus.

West has been publicly supportive of Trump since the president was elected, tweeting a photo of himself sporting a "Make America Great Again" this April and lauding Trump during the closing moments of a "Saturday Night Live" appearance in September.

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