WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Entertainers and Trump supporter Kanye West recently met with White House advisers and the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, a source familiar with the meeting said on Wednesday as the entertainer continues his efforts to appear in the November presidential election.
The New York Times, which first reported on the meeting, said it took place in Colorado last weekend and also included President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, Kushner’s wife and another top White House adviser.
West appeared to confirm the meeting in a tweet late Tuesday night, saying they were discussing a book on empowering black Americans, and he offered to do a live interview with the Times.
Representatives of the West could not be reached immediately either.
A rapper and dressmaker, West announced his last-minute presidential campaign last month, followed by a series of overwhelming public comments that have raised questions about his intentions and his mental health.
The West has been open about its struggle with bipolar disorder, and his wife, Kim Kardashian, has asked the public and the media to empathize with him.
The Washington Post last week reported that West’s campaign has so far submitted petitions to run in the presidential election in 10 US states and that Republican operatives, including some with ties to Trump, were involved in trying to support his candidacy in at least five of them. , including Arkansas, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Trump on Tuesday told syndicated radio host Hugh Hewitt that he had not spoken to West about the entertainer’s campaign. Representatives of the Trump campaign could not be reached immediately but told the Post that they were not involved.
West, 43, one of the biggest celebrities and most prominent black supporters of the president, met Trump during the 2016 presidential election and again in 2018 in the White House with a red “Make America Great” hat. Last month, he told Forbes that he “removed the red hat.”
Trump told Fox News last month that West “can not” drop his support, adding: “He will always be for us.”
Additional reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing Aurora Ellis