Prison reform, American industry, and alternate universes were just some of the topics covered by rapper Kanye West in meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday.
California Democrat Rep. Jackie Speier called West’s rant in the Oval Office, “A combination of stream of consciousness — I felt like I was sitting in on a psychiatric visit — and a commercial for Donald Trump.”
Most of her criticism was directed toward the president himself, who hosted the meeting while Hurricane Michael cut through Florida and headed toward Georgia.
“I would suggest that the president maybe curtail these kinds of engagements,” she said on CNN Thursday. “Meanwhile, we have ten to 13 billion dollars worth of damage to the various places in the panhandle in Florida and meanwhile the president is being entertained by Kanye West and other celebrities. It’s a wrong picture.”
Hurricane Michael has reportedly already caused the deaths of two people and resulted in over 700,000 homes without power.
Speier told CNN that she thought Trump’s meeting with a celebrity during the storm “really speaks to his lack of leadership, his lack of empathy, his lack of recognition of what the priority should be in this country.”
"I felt like I was sitting in on a psychiatrist visit and a commercial for Donald Trump," says Sen. Jackie Speier on Trump's meeting with Kanye West, suggesting the President "should curtail these kind of engagements" https://t.co/ZqOKalCLMB pic.twitter.com/pckPvIc4G8
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The filmed interaction between West and Trump was mostly the rapper speaking and the president sitting back silently, allowing West’s thoughts to flow out loud.
West wore a Make America Great Again hat during his tirade and ended the meeting by embracing Trump in his office chair.
Watch the entire interaction between Trump and West in the Oval Office:
Trump seemed slightly taken back by West’s rant: “It was quite something,” he remarked.
The unusual pair dined together after the Oval Office meeting, where the White House said they were to discuss prison reform, jobs for African-Americans and Chicago violence.