CNN (@CNN) December 13, 2016
Aside from Trump’s comment about their alleged friendship in the CNN video above, neither he nor West provided an explanation for the meeting. But West tweeted about it after leaving Trump Tower:
I wanted to meet with Trump today to discuss multicultural issues.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) December 13, 2016
These issues included bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculums, and violence in Chicago.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) December 13, 2016
I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future President if we truly want change.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) December 13, 2016
#2024— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) December 13, 2016
The last tweet appears to reference the year West plans to run for president. The performer previously—perhaps jokingly—said he would run in 2020. The changed year seems to reflect a belief that Trump will serve two terms in office.
USA Today reports that West previously praised Trump at a San Jose concert in mid-November—one of his last concerts before he cancelled remaining tour dates and checked into UCLA Medical Center for what The New York Times called “exhaustion.” TMZ reported admission for a “neverous breakdown,” echoing ongoing speculation about the artist’s mental health.