Kanye West visited the White House on Thursday and met with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office.

The 41-year-old rapper delivered a long speech in front of reporters about why he supports Trump, who ultimately praised West for his remarks.

“That was pretty impressive,” said Trump after remaining speechless for a moment following the “We Got Love” singer’s nearly-10-minute rant. “That was quite something.” The president also called West a “smart cookie.”

In the speech, West said of his “Make America Great Again” hat: “There was something about putting this hat on that made me feel like Superman.” He then went on to talk about several issues of importance to him like prison reform, the 13th Amendment and mental health. West was even asked if he would run for president, and said “only after 2024.” He and Trump even hugged each other at one point.

“There’s a lot of things that affect our mental health that put us into this trap door that is the 13th Amendment,” said West.


The rapper also commented on his appearance on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live last month. West was the musical guest on the series’ opening show on Sept. 29, and after the final credits rolled he gave an off-camera speech in which he reiterated his support for Trump and slammed Democrats. West also claimed he was bullied on SNL backstage for wearing his “MAGA” hat. Cast member Pete Davidson called West’s speech “one of the worst, most awkward things I’ve seen here” in a segment that aired on Saturday.

“What I need ‘SNL’ and liberals to improve on is, if he don’t look good, we don’t look good. He has to be the freshest, the flyest, have the flyest planes. He has to look good!” West explained. “When we make everything in China and not America, we’re cheating on our country.”

He continued: “Trump is on his hero’s journey right now. He might not have thought he’d have a crazy motherf—er like me [supporting him].”

Asked about his opinion on the Second Amendment, West said he believes “illegal guns” are the issue, not legally purchased weapons.

Trump reportedly said at Thursday’s meeting with West, on the subject of criminal justice reform, that he was “totally open” to considering an alternative to stop-and-frisk, a tactic used by many police officers. West is bipolar, and has openly spoken about his struggle with the disorder.

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