Early on Tuesday 13 December, President-Elect of the United States of America Donald Trump made time out of his busy schedule to host a private meeting with celebrity superstar Kanye West.
Speaking to journalists after the event, Trump confirmed that the pair had been “friends for a long time”. In addition, Mr Trump said: “Life. We talked about life” after being asked about the contents of their meeting.
Press in the Trump Tower lobby were surprised to see Kanye West, who had been hospitalised earlier this month, suddenly appear with an entourage heading straight up to Trumps private floor, flooded by secret service. As the pair posed for photos shortly after, Kanye said nothing, allowing Mr Trump to do all the speaking. He only spoke once, explaining his silence because: “I just want to take a picture right now.”
Kanye was grilled on a number of issues, from his indication of running for President of the United States in 2020 to a possible performance at Mr Trump’s inauguration in January 2017. Kanye refused to answer any of these, however when the inauguration question was posed, Mr Trump looked towards Kanye and smiled, hinting at the possibility that the Grammy award winner would perform for his upcoming Presidential inaugural ceremony.
Upon departure, Mr Trump and Kanye embraced in the informal handshake made popular by current President Barack Obama, with Mr Trump adding: “I’ll see you soon”, further hinting to a 2017 appearance by Kanye in the Presidential inauguration.