Rapper Kanye West Meets with Donald Trump

Rapper Kanye West met with Donald Trump in New York on Tuesday, appearing briefly with the Republican president-elect in the Trump Tower lobby.

“Friends, just friends,” Trump said, calling West “a good man” he’s known for a long time. West declined to answer reporters’ questions, saying, “I just want to take a picture right now.”

Musician Kanye West arrives for a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City
CREDIT: REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

West arrived with a small entourage, but his wife, businesswoman Kim Kardashian, was not with him. Transition team officials were not immediately available to confirm that the rapper and the Republican president-elect would meet.

West was hospitalized for exhaustion last month after a series of rants and the cancellation of the remainder of his U.S. tour.

Musician Kanye West arrives for a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City
CREDIT: REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

The 39-year-old rapper made headlines in November when he was booed at his San Jose, California, concert for declaring his support for Trump.

(Reporting by Gina Cherelus in New York and Susan Heavey in Washington; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)