White House senior adviser Jared Kushner confirmed Thursday that he met with Kanye West amid the…

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner confirmed Thursday that he met with Kanye West amid the…

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“Kanyes been a friend of mine for Ive known him for about 10 years,” Kushner said during a White House press briefing. “We both happened to be in Colorado, and we got together and we had a great discussion about a lot of things.”
“He has some great ideas for what hed like to see happen in the country and thats why he has the candidacy that hes been doing,” Kushner added. “But again theres a lot of issues that the president has championed that he admires.”
West was a vocal supporter of Trump and met with him in the Oval Office in 2018.
He has held one campaign event since launching his bid on July 4 and has failed to get on the ballot in most states, making it unclear how serious the effort is.
In an interview published on Friday, a reporter for Forbes magazine pointed out to West that he will not be on the ballot in enough states to secure the 270 Electoral College votes necessary to win.
“Im not going to argue with you. Jesus is King,” West replied. 
Pressed on the possibility that he might take votes from Biden, he responded, “Im not denying it.”
West garnered 2 percent support in a Politico-Morning Consult national poll released Wednesday, including just 2 percent of the Black vote and 4 percent of the Hispanic vote. 
Trump has praised West in recent weeks but denied any connection to his presidential ambitions when questioned by reporters last week.
“I like him. He’s always been very nice to me,” the president said last week. “I get along with him very well. I like him. I like his wife.”

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