West and Trump: The Dynamic Duo

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Jack Hogse, Staff Writer

After weeks of hospitalization following his unexpected ranting during his Saint Pablo Tour, popular rap star Kanye West was seen leaving Trump Tower on Tuesday morning. When asked about his visit, president-elect Donald Trump answered for him.

  “We’ve been friends for a long time,” Trump told reporters. “We talked about a lot of things, but mostly life. We discussed life.”

  West’s visit was short lived, but a welcome one for Trump. It came just hours after his late night announcement on Monday where he stated that he would “refrain from any new business deals with his real estate company while in the Oval Office.”

  Suspicions regarding the context of their chat have arisen ever since the news was first introduced to the public, partly due to the growing assortment of billionaires and multimillionaires that Trump has made a part of his cabinet.  

  “The idea that a guy like Kanye West may have a role in the direction of this country really worries me.” says Ethan Elliott (10) “He was just in a medical center, why would Trump want him anywhere near the White House?”

  West, on the other hand, has been very adamant about voicing his support of Trump. During his most recent tour, he ranted on about how everyone in the audience should go vote for Trump, and then abruptly ended the performance. This shocked and disappointed the crowd.

  Part of the public concern for West’s health is not only based on his stay in the hospital, but on his raving on the social media sites like Twitter.

Not long after his conversation with Trump, West tweeted out a hashtag simply saying “#2024.” This tweet is rumored to be alluding to West’s claim that he will be running for president in 2020, which has now supposedly changed to 2024 due to his support of Trump running for a second term.   

  It is unclear why the musician stepped out from his recovery and into the center of the booming media circus that is Trump Tower, but Hope Hicks, Trump’s spokeswoman, said in an email that West himself 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.” She did not elaborate, but West later claimed that they discussed multicultural issues, bullying, and violence in Chicago.

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