NEW YORK (AP) – A newly blond Kanye West visited Donald Trump on Tuesday, and Trump said later they talked about “life.”
West stood silently next to the president-elect for photos in the lobby of Trump Tower after their meeting. Asked why he wasn’t speaking, West said, “I just want to take a picture right now.”
Trump said he and West were “just friends” and called the musician a “good man.” He said they discussed “life.” The two did not answer questions about whether West would perform at the Inauguration.
West entered the building shortly after 9 a.m. with a large entourage. He was not accompanied by wife Kim Kardashian West.
The 39-year-old recently spent over a week in Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles for stress and exhaustion. Days before his hospitalization, he abruptly canceled his U.S. concert tour.
Last month during a concert in San Jose, California, West said he didn’t vote for president, but if he had, he would have cast a ballot for Trump. He also praised the president-elect’s “method of communication” as “very futuristic” and spoke about his plans to run for that office in 2020, saying that he will become “a different kind of president.”
Trump also was shown in a video for West’s single “Famous,” released last year. It also featured Rihanna, former President George W. Bush, Anna Wintour and Bill Cosby.