Donald Trump has Kanye West for lunch at the White House

Matt Barnes

However, in front of reporters, West went off on a litany of subjects, including how his "Make America Great Again" hat makes him feel like Superman.

Asked if West could be a future presidential candidate, Trump said: "Could very well be".

Vivian Salama, a White House correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, who was in the room for the meeting of the minds, tweeted that at one point West ran up to Trump to give him a hug, and also said that, as president, Trump has to be "the freshest" and "the flyest".

He referred to Trump as a father figure, and said: "My dad and my mom separated so there was not a lot of male energy in my home and also I'm married to a family where, you know, there's not a lot of male energy".

It's safe to say T.I. won't be tending shop with Kanye West anytime soon.

The rapper, who has broken ranks with much of the left-leaning entertainment industry to come out in support of Mr Trump, even said he could be president himself - but "only after" Mr Trump in 2024.

On Oct. 1, West - who prefers to be called "Ye" although no one calls him that that - also told TMZ he was going to Africa.

When Mr. West stopped his monologue for a moment, the president commented, "I'll tell you what, that was pretty impressive".

Trump went on to explain that the United States had been "headed for war" with North Korea and that his administration had stopped the war and "saved millions of lives". They were joined by NFL Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West pose for a picture in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, December 13, 2016. The president said the session "was just set up to be a lunch of two people I like".

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But in his Fox interview, Mr Trump said that West's support had transformed African American views of his presidency. The US leader said he was open to other ideas.

Trump said West is "a smart cookie".

"The problem is illegal guns, not legal guns", West responded.

Looking at Trump, West added: "You made a Superman cape for me".

West, who is unsurprisingly obsessed with looks and fashion, blamed Saturday Night Live and the democrats for Air Force One's outdated appearance and tech.

Trump not only relies on a heavily white political base but is locked in an ugly dispute with several black NFL football players who have knelt down during the playing of the United States national anthem to protest racial inequality.

West's wife, Kim Kardashian West, has been to the White House twice in recent months to discuss criminal justice reform and the clemency process.

Mr. West interrupted, saying, "I love this guy". Supporters of West's music have described him as a political sellout.

"Oh! It's good energy in this", he said.

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