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Kanye West hugs Trump at the White House Oval Office, says I love this guy

The US President said West 'could very well be' future presidential material

AFP/PTI  |  Washington 

Kanye West with US President Donald Trump
The US President said West 'could very well be' future presidential material. Photo: Reuters

Does rap megastar support He loves him -- and proved it Thursday by suddenly striding from his chair at a surreal meeting to hug the president.

"I love this guy right here," the serial Grammy-winning artist declared in the Oval Office, before taking the President in his arms.

The rapper had been invited to lunch to discuss prison reform but turned what would ordinarily have been a staid photo-op into possibly one of the more unusual -- and profanity laden -- encounters in the Oval Office's storied history.

Talking loudly and rapidly on everything from Trump's protectionist trade polices to replacing Air Force One with a hydrogen plane, black gun crime, being married to and "infinite amounts of universe," West left the normally loquacious president nearly speechless.

"That was quite something," Trump finally said to laughter from astonished senior aides and journalists at the end of the soliloquy, which West punctuated with bangs of his fist on the legendary Resolute desk, used by presidents since the 1880s.

The US President said West "could very well be" future presidential material, to which the rapper said he would not want to get in the way of the Republican's 2020 reelection. "Only after him in 2024," West said.

First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 05:45 IST