Kanye Requests 15 Minutes With Trump, Gets It

'They had a very positive and productive conversation'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2016 12:14 PM CST
Kanye, Trump Talk Life During Trump Tower Meeting
President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West pose for a picture in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

In what may or may not have been—in Quartz's words—"a well-timed public distraction," Kanye West and Donald Trump held a meeting of the minds Tuesday at Trump Tower. Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks says West requested a 15-minute meeting with the president-elect, though it's unclear why, CNN reports. "We were delighted to host him," the New York Times quotes Hicks as saying. "They had a very positive and productive conversation." West and Trump addressed reporters afterward, and while the rapper was mum on the details of the meeting, Trump offered this summation: "Life. We discussed life."

Trump called West a "good man" who he's been "friends with for a long time." "You take care of yourself, I'll see you soon," Trump told West as the latter prepared to leave. It's unclear if West will play Trump's inauguration. West was recently hospitalized for what first-responder dispatchers called a "psychiatric emergency" but what was later characterized as extreme exhaustion. West's stay in the hospital followed him proclaiming during a concert that if he had voted, it would have been for Trump. West, who has promised to run for president in 2020, also canceled his remaining 2016 tour dates. (Read more Kanye West stories.)

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