Donald Trump was left speechless in a sit-down lunch at the White House after guest Kanye West went on an extended, expletive-laden rant declaring his “love” for the US President.
The controversial rapper who has copped a serious backlash for supporting Mr Trump in the past, spoke at length about why he admired the Republican President.
Wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, Kanye hugged Mr Trump and said: “I love this guy.”
He said he had “enough balls to put on this hat”, despite his friends warning him not to wear the polarising slogan, particularly during the 2016 presidential campaign.
“There was something about when I put this hat on it made me feel like Superman.
“People expect that if you’re black, you have to be Democrat,” he added.
He explained that he did not have a male role model growing up and that there was very little “male energy” in his own household.
“My dad and my mom separated, so I didn’t have a lot of male energy in my home.
“I’m married to a family where there’s not a lot of male energy going on – it’s beautiful though,” he said.
Mr Trump paused for several minutes after West finished speaking.
“I tell you what, that was pretty impressive, folks… that was quite something,” Mr Trump said.
"I think it's the bravery that helps you beat this game called life. They tried to scare me to not wear this hat, but this hat, it gives me power, in a way." ~ Kanye West #KanyeWest #WhiteHouse #MAGA #POTUS @DailyCaller pic.twitter.com/SCNOOphiHQ
— Stephanie Hamill (@STEPHMHAMILL) October 11, 2018
Mr Trump claims West as a friend and a “different kind of a guy” whose big following in the African-American community helped boost his approval ratings.
Asked if he would consider campaigning with the rapper, the President said: “I could see it. I could see it.”
West’s visit follows by several months a similar trip to the White House by his celebrity wife, Kim Kardashian West, who met with Mr Trump on May 30 and persuaded him to grant clemency to Alice Johnson, who was serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug charge in Tennessee.
Mr Trump has advocated prison reform and said he was open to changes in sentencing guidelines, an issue that divides the Republican Party between “law and order” hardliners and moderates.
“There are people in jail for really long terms,” Mr Trump said at the time in an interview with Fox News.
“It’s very unfair to African-Americans it’s very unfair to everybody. And it’s also very costly.”