Trump-Kanye meeting: 6 most bizarre moments from surreal White House press conference

Donald Trump and Kanye West had a meeting inside the Oval Office — and it was just about as bizarre as one might have expected. 

Joined by civil rights leader and former NFL player Jim Brown, the group discussed a range of topics, from the North Korean nuclear crisis — which Mr Trump said was “heading to war” before his summit with dictator Kim Jong Un — to mental health and prison reform. 

West went down numerous tangents and had several uninterrupted rants, saying the Oval Office had “good energy” and suggested he may run for president after Mr Trump departs from the White House. Before leaving for lunch in a dining room attached to the office, Mr West hugged the president, concluding the conference by saying, “I love this guy right here”. 

“That was quite something,” Mr Trump added after one of Mr West’s rants. 

Below are just six of the strangest talking points from Thursday’s press conference. 

Trump Factories and Yeezy Ideation Centres across Chicago

The artist brought several innovative ideas to the president’s desk, including a proposal for a new Air Force One plane fuelled by water. 

However, perhaps his most controversial ideas surrounded the expansion of industries and manufacturing in his hometown of Chicago

West called for new factories to be built in the city, saying, “I think it would be cool if they were Trump factories, because he’s a master of industry, he’s a builder”. 

He added, “And I think it would be cool to have Yeezy Ideation centres, which would be a mix of education that empowers people and gives them modern information.” 

Liberals need to start making Trump look ‘the flyest’

West demanded media and influential liberals to hype up Mr Trump on a daily basis, claiming: “If he don’t look good, we don’t look good.” 

“What I need Saturday Night Live to improve on or what I need the liberals to improve on is if he don’t look good, we don’t look good,” he said. “This is our president. He has to be the freshest, the flyest, the flyest planes, the best factories, and we have to make our core be empowered, we have to bring jobs.”

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Mr Brown agreed, echoing the phrase, “If he don’t look good, we don’t look good.” 

That line spurred a smile from the president, who added, “What a great phrase.” 

Kanye’s theory on alternate universes

As Kim Kardashian-West reportedly works towards the release of another prisoner following her high-profile work towards Mr Trump pardoning Alice Johnson, West said he feels compelled to help due to his belief of alternate universes. 

“In an alternate universe, I am him,” West said, referring to the prisoners he and his wife have been working to release. “We need pardons, not sentences,” he added. 

Later on in the conference, West joked that he was a “crazy motherf*****” whose support the president must not have imagined having. 

Welfare is allegedly a conspiracy theory designed to boost support for Democrats

West continued a recycled talking talking point he and far-right conservatives have used for years, accusing the Democratic Party of supporting welfare because it supposedly keeps minorities dependent on them. 

He then went on to walk back his comments from years ago in which he said former President George W Bush “doesn’t care about black people,” claiming that he had been suffering from “welfare mentality”. 

“I was very emotional, and I was programmed to think from a victimized mentality. Of a welfare mentality,“ he said. “A liberal would try to control a black person through the concept of racism because we know we’re very proud … So when I said I like Trump to like someone as liberal, they’ll say, oh, but he’s racist. You think racism can control me? Oh, that don’t stop me. That’s an invisible wall.”

 Abolishing the 13th Amendment

After having walked back his comments about abolishing the 13th Amendment days ago, West once again called for the amendment that ended slavery to be wiped from the US Constitution. 

“That puts up back into the trap door called the 13th Amendment,” West said at one point. “I did say abolish. Why would you keep a trap door? The Constitution is the base of our country. Would you build a trap door that if something happens, you fall & end up next to the Unibomber?” 

Kanye had too much female energy around him to support Hillary Clinton

The artist lambasted Ms Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign slogan, “I’m With Her,” criticising its message as someone who wasn’t raised with a father in his life. 

“I didn’t grow up with a lot of male energy,” he said. “The ‘I’m With Her’ slogan wasn’t something I could feel on board with.”

West added: “There was something about when I put that [MAGA] hat on, I feel like superman.”

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