Kanye West, in 'MAGA' hat, delivers surreal Oval Office show

Music megastar Kanye West loves Donald Trump and proved it in dramatic fashion Thursday, leaping from his seat at a White House meeting to hug the president. The rapper then gave what amounted to a ringing endorsement of Trump's presidency during a wide-ranging speech that touched on such topics as crime rates in Chicago, mental health, slavery, aerospace technology and the Unabomber.

On Trump: "Let's stop worrying about the future; all we have is today". But West said many people told him the most important thing is to make sure to curb any stop-and-frisk policies.

He revealed that his friends had tried to scare him not to wear the MAGA hat, popularised during the president's campaign in 2016.

During a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday, the Grammy-winning rapper unlocked his iPhone simply using the passcode "000000", apparently to show the president an animated GIF. Kanye continued of the former Democratic presidential candidate Trump says he wants locked up.

During one pause in West's comments, Mr Trump said: "I tell you what that was pretty impressive".

West also banged his fist on the Oval Office's famed Resolute Desk and discussed his bipolar diagnosis. The number one thing he wanted to discuss with Trump, he said, is "stop and frisk" law enforcement practices that allow police to stop and search people on the street.

Mr. West interrupted, saying, "I love this guy". "I think it would be cool to have Trump factories", he suggested.

"That's really nice", Mr. Trump said. "That's from the heart".

West bragged about having "the balls to put on this hat" when he appeared on Saturday Night Live, adding, "What I need Saturday Night Live to improve on, the liberals to improve on - if he don't look good we don't looks good, this is our president!" pointing to Trump.

He also denied that all black Americans were Democrats. It's attractive though! But there's times where, you know, it's something about - I love Hillary.

When a reporter asked about gun control, Mr. West said, "The problem is illegal guns, not legal guns". He also said the U.S. was working "very closely" with Turkey, "and I think we'll get to the bottom of it".

Kanye West is in the house - the White House, to be precise.

The Republican president has advocated prison reform and said he was open to changes in sentencing guidelines, an issue that divides the Republican Party between "law and order" hardliners and moderates.

However earlier this week, Mr Trump called on Chicago to adopt the strategy, in which large numbers of people are temporarily detained, questioned and sometimes searched for drugs and weapons.

"Trump is on his hero's journey right now".

  • Kyle Peterson