Prison reform, Chicago violence on menu for Kanye-Trump White House lunch

Virginia Santiago
October 11, 2018

West, who collaborates with Adidas on its "Yeezy" line of footwear and apparel, had lunch with Trump in the Oval Office.

The White House had said that Trump and West, who were also joined by Hall of Fame NFL running back Jim Brown, would discuss a range of issues, including manufacturing, prison reform, preventing gang violence and reducing violence in Chicago, which is where West grew up.

The incident came during a surreal, 10-minute, F-bomb-filled rant in which the MAGA-hat wearing rapper praised the president, said "I love Hillary", lamented his fatherless childhood and the lack of male energy in the Kardashian family. "We are one country". "It was meant for problems like Chicago". We've been extremely happy with our relationship with Kanye West. It was something about when I put this hat on, I made me feel like Superman.

"Well if he [Jeff Sessions] doesn't [reform the justice system] then he gets overruled by me, because I make the decisions, he doesn't", President Trump said.

The president replied, "I'm open-minded. And there are a lot of people that are in a situation like that, and we are actively looking for those situations", Mr. Trump said Wednesday. "They [Chicago residents] respect this guy".

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What could help Chicago, West said, was the opening up of industries and tax breaks.

"The problem is illegal guns, not legal guns", West responded.

West also had some clarification about his mental health.

"We can empower the pharmaceuticals", he said.

During a visit to the White House today, Kanye shared a bunch of his outlandish ideas to the president while also revealing his iPhone passcode in the process.

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Mr Trump joked: "We could get rid of Air Force One".

"I tell you what, that was pretty impressive", Trump said after West spoke. "I just channelled it".

Following the Oval Office meeting, the pair were scheduled to speak with Mr Trump as well as his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

He criticized liberals who are pressuring him to oppose Mr. Trump. But West said many people told him the most important thing is to make sure to curb any stop-and-frisk policies.

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