Oct 11, 2018, 2:20 PM ET

Kanye West during Trump meeting at White House: 'If he don’t look good, we don’t look good'

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In an extended soliloquy that touched on racism, tax breaks, prison reform, mental health and the need for art programs in schools, Kanye West, the at times controversial rapper-turned-prison reform activist, used his meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday to offer a platform on issues he feels are most important to the African American community.

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“You are tasting a fine wine,” he told reporters as he knelt in front of Trump's desk. “It has complex notes to it.”

Those complex notes included riffs on West's potential political career.

Trump said the rapper “could very well be” a future presidential candidate.

“Only after, 2024,” West responded.

“Let’s stop worrying about the future all we have is today," West said. "Trump is on his hero’s journey right now. He might not have thought he’d have a crazy m***** f***** like (me).”

PHOTO: President Donald Trump hugs rapper Kanye West during a meeting in the Oval office of the White House, Oct. 11, 2018.Oliver Contreras/Getty Images
President Donald Trump hugs rapper Kanye West during a meeting in the Oval office of the White House, Oct. 11, 2018.

There were catchy refrains such as his rejoinder on Trump and the jibes he receives from comedians: "If he don’t look good, we don’t look good. This is our president."

There were notes of reflection when he said of his previous comments about former President George W. Bush not caring about African Americans, "I was caught up in a victim mentality."

And then there were the fast-paced breaks. According to West:

He is in the 98th percentile on his IQ test.

He's not bipolar, he really suffered from sleep deprivation.

Our nation's factories and farmers should be empowered.

Automaker Ford should design the "dopest" cars, the "fliest most amazing cars."

“I tell you what that was pretty impressive,” Trump said after Kanye's delivery was done. “That was quite something.”

“It was from the soul," West said. "I just channeled it.”

The president and rapper discussed prison reform, the African American unemployment rate and the surge in violence in West's hometown of Chicago, according to a statement from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. West also brought Jim Brown, a former star running back for the Cleveland Browns and someone who has previously spoken with Trump about issues impacting the black community.

In an interview on Fox and Friends on Thursday, Trump spoke glowingly about the rapper calling him "a friend of mine." On Tuesday, Trump called West " a terrific guy" and someone who "loves what we're doing for African-American jobs."

PHOTO: In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West pose for a picture in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. AP Photo/Seth Wenig
In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West pose for a picture in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York.

West's wife, Kim Kardashian West, has visited the White House twice this year – most recently in Septemeber – to discuss prison reform with the president as well as with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

In May, Kardashian West met with President Trump in the Oval Office to talk about prison reform and clemency for Alice Marie Johnson. The 63-year old grandmother was serving a life sentence on drug charges. Shortly after Kardashian West’s meeting with the president about Johnson, the president commuted the grandmother’s sentence.

For his part, West said he was going to seek clemency for Larry Hoover, a Chicago gang leader serving six life sentences in a Colorado prison.

While the couple's increased public advocacy for prison reform has drawn lauds in some circles, Kanye West's relationship with Trump has been a source of criticism in the hip-hop community.

West declared earlier this year that the "mob" can't make him abandon President Trump. Following months of criticism from hip-hop fans, recording artists and friends alike over his support for the president, the rapper remains undeterred.

During a recent appearance on "Saturday Night Live", West wore a “Make America Great Again” hat and dove into a passionate, pro-Trump rant on live TV – one that continued even after the show ended.

In this Aug. 28, 2016 file photo, Kim Kardashian West, left, and Kanye West arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York.AP
In this Aug. 28, 2016 file photo, Kim Kardashian West, left, and Kanye West arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York.

The following Sunday afternoon, amid backlash over his "SNL" appearance, the rapper tweeted a photo of himself wearing a red hat with the MAGA campaign slogan, writing that "this represents good and America becoming whole again. We will no longer outsource to other countries. We build factories here in America and create jobs. We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment. Message sent with love."

The thirteenth amendment abolished slavery in the U.S., "except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted."

West later tweeted that "the 13th Amendment is slavery in disguise meaning it never ended We are the solution that heals." In another tweet he added "not abolish but. let's amend the 13th amendment We apply everyone's opinions to our platform."

Trump, who has repeatedly touted West’s support, gave him a reciprocal shoutout on Sunday morning.

“Like many, I don’t watch Saturday Night Live (even though I past hosted it) - no longer funny, no talent or charm. It is just a political ad for the Dems. Word is that Kanye West, who put on a MAGA hat after the show (despite being told “no”), was great. He’s leading the charge!” the president tweeted.

On Thursday, West declared that his "Make America Great Again" hat gives him "power".

"It was something about when I put this hat on, it made me feel like Superman. That's my favorite superhero," West said. "You make a superhero cape as a guy who looks up to you and looks up to American industry guys. Nonpolitical, no b*******. However you want to do it.

ABC News' Meridith McGraw and Jordyn Phelps contributed to this report.

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  • c.g.

    Yep...anyone.remember when Obama was criticized by the GOPers for having some rappers at the White House? I don't recall any of them using foul language and jumping around like what was the case for the rapper that Comrade Trump is in love with...

    .Wonder why the GOP are now embracing foul mouth rappers?

  • SarcasTex

    First Kanye associates himself with the Kardashians and now with Trump. I tend to question his choice in associates.

  • davecorsaro

    Kanye, take your meds bro . . . . . . . .

  • Shane Morrow

    Overall.. meaning: It would be in the giving rites to have blacks experience land ownership making it a core duty of growth in production and ownership out of the means of poverty with opportunities of advancements.

  • Stephen Bishop

    "At times"??? Mondo Bizarro from start to finish.

  • Adam Kralic

    I'm just here for the barely coherent anger from both extremes.

  • Pologize3

    "If he don’t look good, we don’t look good. This is our president."

    Correct. And his approval ratings look terrible.

  • mollydtt

    Kanye is the face of the GOP congress

    They love their Trump. If Trump thinks Kanye should run for president, they will support him.

    The GOP.

  • mollydtt

    Kanye is off his meds. It isn't nice to showcase someone who is clearly so mentally ill.

    But, alas, Kanye may be appointed by Trump for some cabinet position in an area where he has no expertise.

    The main draw for Trump is how someone looks.

    That explains why Rick Perry was put in charge of energy, an area that Perry had planned to eliminate while campaigning during primary season.

    Governor Good Hair No Brains. Trump really wants "the look".

    Brains, experience? Not so much.

  • JBump

    I tried to watch this twice. Cringe. Couldn't do it.

  • stagerightinthemiddle

    There are several humorous articles about CNN/ Don Lemon and their reporting of this historic meeting.

    As well, it appears there were many other media sideshows from which to choose.

    Journalism at its best - Enjoy.

  • MrNiceGuy

    "Imma let you finish..." Okay Stephen...

  • ReviewTheFacts

    Note to Kanye: "Trump don't look good!"

  • Jake real Jake

    Without 1 iota of doubt, again Trump proving to the US & World he's the Best "Moron Leader"!

  • Reply

    And the surreal "reality" show continues. Unfortunately, the absurdity is seemingly becoming more normal.

  • billlls

    I wonder if the Left thinks as lowly of Jim Brown as they do Kanya. I also wonder why the Left finds it appropriate for CNN and Lemon to mock, berate, and BULLY Kanye.

  • Shut Up Morty

    He is just as mixed up (if not more) than the Orange one. I watched about 5 minutes of it and had to change the channel.

  • TexasVulcan

    Cannot argue that West and Trump seem to be a perfect fit...

  • Godadog

    give me Lebron....

  • Steve in CT

    To the rest of the world, excluding Russia, Trump doesn't look good, so we don't look good.

  • Thomas

    He is trying so hard to be relevant. Gotta give him credit for the effort.