Kanye West and Donald Trump meet, talk about ‘life’

NEW YORK (AP) — Kanye West returned to social media for the first time since his hospitalization to talk about his meeting with Donald Trump.

West wrote on Twitter that he met with Trump Tuesday to “discuss multicultural issues” that included “bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculums, and violence in Chicago.”

“I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future President if we truly want change,” West wrote. He followed with a post that read “(hash)2024,” an apparent reference to a revised plan to run for president in 2024, instead of 2020, when Trump could seek a second term.

Trump said after the Tuesday meeting that he and West were “just friends” and called the musician a “good man.” He said they discussed “life.” The two did not answer questions about whether West would perform at the Inauguration.

 

West stood silently next to the president-elect for photos in the lobby of Trump Tower after their meeting. Asked why he wasn’t speaking, West said, “I just want to take a picture right now.”

He spoke out on Twitter after the meeting.

West entered the building shortly after 9 a.m. with a large entourage. He was not accompanied by wife Kim Kardashian West.

The 39-year-old recently spent over a week in Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles for stress and exhaustion. Days before his hospitalization, he abruptly canceled his U.S. concert tour.

Last month during a concert in San Jose, California, West said he didn’t vote for president, but if he had, he would have cast a ballot for Trump. He also praised the president-elect’s “method of communication” as “very futuristic” and spoke about his plans to run for that office, saying that he will become “a different kind of president.”

Trump also was shown in a video for West’s single “Famous,” released last year. It also featured Rihanna, former President George W. Bush, Anna Wintour and Bill Cosby.

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