Journalists who caught a glimpse of the musician entering the tightly guarded building in Manhattan took to Twitter to document the strange spectacle.
For Donald Trump, the visit was another headline-grabber stuffed into a series of more consequential events, including the possibility of a showdown with Republicans in Congress over intelligence reports that Russia may have interfered in the election.
Once Mr. West returned to the lobby with Mr. Trump, he didn’t provide much information about the reasons for his visit.
Kanye (and entourage) arrives for a meeting at Trump Tower. Real life. pic.twitter.com/W9PQDgfQmg
— Tal Kopan (@TalKopan) December 13, 2016
For his part, Mr. West dodged questions about the possibility of performing at Mr. Trump’s inauguration in January. The rapper only smiled at reporters and said, “I just want to take a picture right now.”
It is unclear why the musician and sometime fashion designer stepped out from a reported recovery and into the center of the media circus at Trump Tower, but Hope Hicks, Mr. Trump’s spokeswoman, said in an email that Mr. West had requested the meeting.
“The meeting was requested by Kanye and we were delighted to host him,” Ms. Hicks wrote, adding, “They had a very positive and productive conversation.” However, later in the afternoon, the rapper said on Twitter that he wanted to meet with Mr. Trump to discuss “multicultural issues” that included “bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculums and violence in Chicago.”
He added: “I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future President if we truly want change.”
Mr. West has expressed interest in politics before, declaring in a rambling speech last year that he wanted to run for president in 2020.
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