‘This hat, it gives me power’: Kanye’s freestyle riffs and MAGA headgear steal the show in Oval Office visit with Trump


WASHINGTON — Declaring that his red “MAGA” hat makes him “feel like Superman,” rapper Kanye West made a free-styling appearance in the Oval Office Thursday.

Rapper Kanye West speaks with Ivanka Trump after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on October 11, 2018.

Ahead of a private lunch, President Donald Trump and West spoke with reporters as they sat across from each other at the Resolute desk. West dominated the conversation with a series of monologues that touched on social policy, mental health, endorsement deals and his support for the president.

Rapper Kanye West, left, shows a picture of a plane on a phone to U.S. President Donald Trump during a meeting in the Oval office of the White House on October 11, 2018 in Washington, DC.

“Trump is on his hero’s journey right now,” West said, tossing out an expletive to describe himself.

West said that many people believe that, if you’re black, you have to be a Democrat and said he was pressured not to wear his red “Make America Great Again” hat. But he said “this hat, it gives me power.”

Rapper Kanye West speaks during his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on October 11, 2018.

West credited Trump with preventing a war with North Korea and encouraged Trump to swap his usual Air Force One for a hydrogen-powered plane. West also argued that Trump deserved more respect, saying: “if he don’t look good, we don’t look good.”

Ok. Well. I never thought my jaw could keep dropping but this Kanye conference with @realDonaldTrump, banging on the Oval Office desk, dropping bombs like “M***F**” is something to see. Is Kanye, who spoke openly about his mental health, ok? Even Trump appeared shocked.

— Evan Solomon (@EvanLSolomon) October 11, 2018

During one pause in West’s comments, Trump said: “I tell you what that was pretty impressive.” He also described West as a “smart cookie.”

Rapper Kanye West speaks during a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval office of the White House on October 11, 2018 in Washington, DC.

The rapper also spoke against stop-and-frisk policing policies, which Trump recently expressed support for. Trump said he was open to other ideas.

WATCH: Rapper Kanye West dressed in MAGA hat defends President Trump at the White House pic.twitter.com/RXAzYeGbMF

— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 11, 2018

Trump recently tweeted praise for West, who closed a “Saturday Night Live” show wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and delivering an unscripted pro-Trump message after the credits rolled.

Rapper Kanye West is seated while meeting with President Donald Trump and others in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Washington.

West is married to reality television star Kim Kardashian West, who pushed Trump to grant a pardon for a drug offender this year.

Rapper Kanye West, second left, stands up as he speaks during a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in …read more

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