West was invited to the White House to have lunch with the president, former NFL star Jim Brown, and the president’s son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner to discuss manufacturing, prison reform and gang violence. But West, launching into a more than 10-minute, profanity-infused soliloquy, waxed about being mistakenly diagnosed as bipolar, about his family situation, and about his support for Mr. Trump, among other things. He also said he won’t consider running for president “until 2024,” instead voicing his support for Mr. Trump.
West did touch on criminal justice reform, the primary topic he came to the White House to address. Mr. Trump earlier in the week said Chicago should strongly consider implementing a stop-and-frisk program like the one New York City had. But West said many people told him the most important thing is to make sure to curb any stop-and-frisk policies. West said the focus needs to be on love instead.
West has been supportive of the president, sharing a picture of himself with a “Make America Great Again” hat earlier this year and praising him during a recent “Saturday Night Live” appearance. In return, Mr. Trump has lauded the rapper on Twitter, and said he has been helpful with support among African-Americans.
“I’d like to find a lot of people like Alice Johnson. And there are a lot of people that are in a situation like that, and we are actively looking for those situations,” Mr. Trump said Wednesday. “She’s a terrific woman. I’ve been watching her a lot. And what a great spokesman she is for that situation. And that’s covering a lot of people. There are a lot of people like that that will unfortunately be locked up for many, many years. And there’s no reason for it. So we are looking for — we are actively looking for other situations exactly like that.”
On the menu for Thursday’s lunch is caprese salad with balsamic glaze, roasted chicken with fingerling potatoes, and sautéed asparagus. — CBS NEWS