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Kanye West, in ‘MAGA’ hat, delivers surreal Oval Office show

Seizing the spotlight from the typically center-stage president, West dropped the F-word, floated policy proposals — and went in for a hug.

“They tried to scare me to not wear this hat,” West said of his red “Make America Great Again” cap. But, he said, “This hat, it gives me power in a way.”

“You made a Superman cape for me,” he told Trump.

It was a surreal scene even by the standards of a nonconventional White House. The unlikely allies spoke to reporters before a closed-door lunch that had been billed as a forum to discuss policy issues including manufacturing, gangs, prison reform and violence in Chicago, where West grew up. Spectators at the show included Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner, former NFL star Jim Brown, the attorney for a gang leader serving time in federal prison, and a gaggle of reporters.

During one pause, Trump seemed to acknowledge the oddness of the moment, saying, “That was quite something.” Read more

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Kanye West, in ‘MAGA’ hat, delivers surreal Oval Office show

Kanye West, in ‘MAGA’ hat, delivers surreal Oval Office show

Kanye West, in ‘MAGA’ hat, delivers surreal Oval Office show

Kanye West, in ‘MAGA’ hat, delivers surreal Oval Office show

Kanye West, in ‘MAGA’ hat, delivers surreal Oval Office show

Kanye West, in ‘MAGA’ hat, delivers surreal Oval Office show

Kanye West, in ‘MAGA’ hat, delivers surreal Oval Office show

Kanye West, in ‘MAGA’ hat, delivers surreal Oval Office show

Kanye West, in ‘MAGA’ hat, delivers surreal Oval Office show

Kanye West, in ‘MAGA’ hat, delivers surreal Oval Office show

Kanye West, in ‘MAGA’ hat, delivers surreal Oval Office show

Kanye West, in ‘MAGA’ hat, delivers surreal Oval Office show