News People Come all Ye faithful: Trump lines up meeting with rapper

Come all Ye faithful: Trump lines up meeting with rapper

Donald Trump and Kanye West, pictured in December 2016, will meet in the White House on Thursday. Photo: Getty
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Kanye West will reportedly meet Donald Trump at the White House.

The outspoken rapper, who recently posted on Twitter that he wished to be known as ‘Ye’, has faced criticism for his public support of the president.

According to The New York Times, they will meet in Washington on Thursday.

Jared Kushner, Mr Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, will also be present, the paper reports.

West is said to want to discuss the availability of job opportunities for former convicts as well as the number of manufacturing jobs in his home town of Chicago.

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West controversially wore a pro-Trump hat on Saturday Night Live. Photo: NBC

A representative for West confirmed that the meeting was set to take place.

His wife, the reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, visited the White House in May to meet Trump and Kushner to discuss prison reform.

That meeting resulted in the president granting clemency in the case of convicted drug dealer Alice Marie Johnson, for whom Kardashian West had been a prominent supporter.

West, 41, has deleted his social media accounts following a string of controversial stunts including wearing a Make America Great Again cap during an appearance on Saturday Night Live.

West was also booed while making a pro-Trump speech when the cameras stopped rolling on the popular US show last month.