MANHATTAN — Rapper Kanye West and Donald Trump hugged it out in front of the cameras at Trump Tower Tuesday morning, with the president-elect saying the pair discussed "life."
"So long man" pic.twitter.com/kVx7I5NPEp— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) December 13, 2016
"We've been friends for a long time," Trump told reporters after bro-hugging the Saint Pablo rapper at Trump Towers Tuesday morning.
The president-elect also called Kanye "a good man."
TRUMP on meeting with KANYE: We're "just friends", "we discussed life". Trump then said "so long man...see you soon" as he headed out pic.twitter.com/ThC11I7jZ8— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) December 13, 2016
Omg, KANYE is at TRUMP TOWER right now pic.twitter.com/uFtVgbRgRz— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) December 13, 2016
"I just want to take a picture right now," Kanye said while standing stone-faced when asked multiple questions by reporters, including why he didn't have a comment about meeting the president-elect. He also didn't respond to a question about whether he regretted not voting for Trump.
Trump spokeswoman confirms Kanye is meeting with Trump. https://t.co/ueEPCQXA2A— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) December 13, 2016
West drew boos from fans during a concert in San Jose Nov. 17 when he praised the president-elect.
Kanye said last month that he didn't vote, but if he did, "I would have voted for Trump," adding that he plans to run for president in 2020.
The musician is the latest in a string of high-profile people to meet with Donald Trump before he assumes office in January.
West's meeting also comes the same day that Trump named oil executive Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state, reports said.
The move angered many because of Tillerson's close ties to Russia, which the White House has said waged a campaign to sway the 2016 presidential election in Trump's favor.