Kanye West Just Met with Donald Trump to Talk About "Life"

Kanye West Just Met with Donald Trump to Talk About "Life"

"We've been friends for a long time," the President-elect said.

By Laura Rosenfeld

It's been about two weeks since Kanye West was reportedly released from the hospital after being treated for exhaustion, and it looks like the rapper is back to being his buzzy old self. Kanye, still sporting his new blond look that he debuted last week, is now grabbing headlines for meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower Tuesday morning. Get ready for the Internet to go crazy.

The pair briefly spoke to reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower. "He's a good man," Donald said in the below clip from MSNBC's coverage of the meeting. "We've been friends for a long time." 


When asked what the two talked about, Donald said, "Life. We discussed life." 

One reporter asked if Kanye still intended to run for President of the United States as he originally announced during his Video Vanguard Award acceptance speech at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. The rapper remained silent as Donald gave a big grin. He also declined to answer whether or not he's planning on performing at the presidential inauguration on January 20, 2017. When one journalist asked why he had nothing to say about the meeting with the President-elect, Kanye responded, "I just want to take a picture right now." 

The two then shook hands as they said their goodbyes. "So long. You take care of yourself. I'll see you soon," Donald leaned in to tell Kanye before he exited the building. 

This meeting between the President-elect and Kanye comes just about a month after the rapper said at a concert on his since-cancelled Saint Pablo tour that he did not vote in November's election, but if he had, he would have voted for Donald. Kanye later called out Donald's opponent in the presidential election, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, as well as Beyoncé and Jay Z in what would be his last stop on the tour in Sacramento, California a couple of nights later.

UPDATE 12/13/16 at 3:36 p.m.: Kanye later explained the purpose of his meeting with Donald on Twitter Tuesday afternoon. "I wanted to meet with Trump today to discuss multicultural issues," he began his series of tweets.

He went on to say that "these issues included bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculums, and violence in Chicago." He also tweeted that he feels like "it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future President if we truly want change."

Yeezey ended this bunch of tweets with a post that simply read "#2024." It's unclear exactly what Kanye means by that, but it could be referring to the year 2024 and the possibility that he's pushing his previously announced 2020 presidential bid back four years.

Another one of Kanye's friends, John Legend, gave an update on the rapper after his reported hospital stay when he stopped by Watch What Happens Live last week. See what he had to say, below.

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