Kim Kardashian’s thoughts on the much-publicized meeting between Kanye West and future POTUS Donald Trump have been revealed today by a source close to the star. Us Weekly has reported that Kim knew Kanye was a supporter of Trump and was “not surprised” that he was going to meet with the President-Elect.
While rumors have been swirling of fighting between the couple and the stability of the Kardashain-West union, it is not believed that differing political opinions are an issue for the pair. In the lead up to the 2016 presidential election, Kim, along with the rest of the Kardashian clan – with the notable exception of outspoken Republican Caitlyn Jenner – voiced their support for Hilary Clinton.
The source explained.
“Kim knew Kanye was coming on this trip. She’s not surprised by this. Kim knew that Kanye supported Trump before this. Kim and Kanye definitely differ on their opinions — obviously, she voted for Hillary.”
West first announced his support for Trump to the crowd at a show prior to the cancellation of his Saint Pablo tour.
“I told y’all I didn’t vote, right? What I didn’t tell you … if I were to have voted I would have voted on Trump.”
In response to cautions from those close to the rapper, West has been defensive about his support for Trump.
“That don’t mean that I don’t think that black lives matter. That don’t mean I don’t believe in women’s rights. That don’t mean I don’t believe in gay marriage.”
A Us Weekly source has explained West’s motivations for supporting the President-Elect.
“Kanye respects the idea that Trump was able to speak to a group of people in the country that had been largely forgotten by the media. He looks at Trump as a celebrity who is able to influence the greatest office in the world, not as a politician.”
It has been reported that West believes in the power of celebrity to influence public opinion more so than politicians. While the pair have been friends for many years, it is possible West is building his relationship with Trump to push his political agenda, including a possible presidential run in 2020 or 2024.
West took to Twitter on Tuesday to discuss his reasoning for meeting with Trump.
He then alluded to the possibility of his own presidential run, presumably pushing it to 2024 to avoid contesting Trump.
Trump addressed the prospect of running against West at a rally in 2015.
“So to Kanye West, I love him. Now maybe in a few years I might have to run against him, I don’t know, so I’ll take that back. But you know what, he’s been so nice to me. I would never say bad about him, because he says such nice things about me.”
The pair were met by press in the lobby of Trump Tower when they were exchanging farewells following their talks on Tuesday. When questioned by a reporter on the details of the discussion, Trump replied.
“We’ve been friends for a long time,” the reality star turned politician told reporters. “Life, we discuss life.”
West meanwhile refused to answer questions from the media. The rapper has been maintaining a low profile in the weeks following his release from hospital. It has been reported by TMZ that in addition to meeting with Trump, West was in New York to interview psychiatrists to add to his team in Los Angeles.
Trump has faced criticism for taking the meeting while he continues to receive security briefings weekly rather than daily. VoteVets, a veterans organization released a statement condemning Trump’s actions.
“Our troops deserve better than that from a Commander in Chief. This is not funny, it is not OK.”
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