ReutersNEW YORK (Reuters) — Kanye West met Republican President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday to discuss what he said were “multicultural issues” including bullying, education and violence.
West’s meeting at Manhattan’s Trump Tower sent social media into a frenzy and fueled speculation about a possible performance at Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration or an informal administration role for the rapper.
The chairman of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, Tom Barrack, told CNN in an interview later on Tuesday that West would not be performing at the inauguration.
West, 39, said on Twitter he had wanted to meet Trump “to discuss multicultural issues.”
“These issues included bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculums, and violence in Chicago,” tweeted the singer who was raised in Chicago. “I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future President if we truly want change.”
The “Jesus Walks” singer again teased the prospect of running for president himself, adding a last tweet that said simply #2024. Last year, West declared he was planning to run in 2020, but has given no details.
Asked about the purpose of the meeting, Trump said: “Friends, just friends. He’s a good man. Long time. Friends for a long time.”