In a lengthy statement Sunday, former President Donald Trump dismissed Kanye West as a “seriously troubled” man with unrealistic presidential ambitions after a meeting between Trump and the rapper at Mar-A-Lago led to a media firestorm.
Trump also accused West of having misled him about their dinner, where white nationalist Nick Fuentes was an unexpected guest, saying the event caused the “Fake News” to go “CRAZY.”
Trump dismisses Kanye West
According to Trump, he was under the impression that West was coming alone to ask for his “help,” but the rapper brought three people, “two of which I didn’t know, the other a political person I haven’t seen in years.”
That third person was former Trump aide Karen Giorno, who is helping West prepare for a 2024 run. Trump said he told West, who was cancelled recently over anti-Semitic remarks, that his political aspirations were a “total waste of time.”
“So I help a seriously troubled man, who just happens to be black, Ye (Kanye West), who has been decimated in his business and virtually everything else, and who has always been good to me, by allowing his request for a meeting at Mar-a-Lago, alone, so that I can give him very much needed ‘advice,'” Trump said.
“I told him don’t run for office, a total waste of time, can’t win. Fake News went CRAZY!”
West taunts Trump
After the meeting was publicized, Trump dismissed it as “quick and uneventful” and said he did not know who Fuentes was.
West taunted Trump in a since-deleted video, saying Trump was “impressed” with Fuentes and that Trump, who is running in 2024, lashed out after West asked him to be his running mate.
The rapper said Trump “started basically screaming at me at the table telling me I was gonna lose” and that Trump disparaged West’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian.
“I mean, has that ever worked for anyone in history?” West said. “I’m like, woah woah hold on hold on Trump, you’re talking to Ye,” West said.
Critics of Trump, including potential primary rivals, have blasted the meeting as evidence that he lacks the discipline and judgment to lead the Republican party in 2024. Mike Pompeo, a likely 2024 challenger, alluded to the event in a tweet calling anti-Semitism a “cancer” that didn’t mention Trump by name.