Updated: Kanye West met with President-elect Donald Trump in New York City’s Trump Tower on Tuesday morning. The meeting was one of West’s first public appearance since he was hospitalized for more than a week in November.
“We’ve been friends for a long time,” Trump told press in a video posted by CNN, and added that they discussed “life.” In the video, West and Trump stand together while the press ask them questions which they, for the most part, do not answer.
West stood in silence as reporters asked if he plans to perform at Trump’s inauguration, and if he is still considering his 2020 presidential bid, which he famously announced at the VMAs in 2015.
When a reporter questioned his silence, West responded, “I just want to take a picture right now.”
At the end of the video, Trump and West shook hands and parted ways. “You take care of yourself, I’ll see you soon,” Trump said.
West was hospitalized for exhaustion on Nov. 21, and canceled the remaining performances of his “Saint Pablo” tour. Shortly before his hospitalization, West said during a performance in San Jose, Calif. that, if he had voted, he would have voted for Trump. During the performance, which was met with loud boos and some applause, West also called Trump and his campaign “genius.”
Tuesday afternoon, West tweeted that he and Trump talked about “multicultural issues.” He added that the specifics they discussed during their meeting, which many outlets reported lasted about 15 minutes, included “bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculums, and violence in Chicago.”
“I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future President if we truly want change,” West wrote and finished his thread by tweeting “#2024.”