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Kanye West and Donald Trump spend 30 minutes in meeting at Trump Tower

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FFS, this is where we’re at guys.

Kanye West requested a 15-minute meeting with Donald Trump this morning to discuss God knows what, but wouldn’t you want to be a fly on the wall?

Shrouded in mystery and confusion, Kanye swept into Trump Tower (AKA this world’s Death Star) with his entourage and headed up to the gaudy penthouse that Trump currently resides in.

Kanye enters Trump Tower this morning

Around 30 minutes later, the two emerged in the lobby, Trump giving West the honour of walking him out of the building – which he has only ever done once before with a Japanese bank executive. He’s never walked out any of the people he has appointed to be in his cabinet.

It’s unclear why West called the meeting but according to Trump, they just talked about life, man.

He said, in his signature staccato tone because he appears to have no value for most of the English language: “We’re just friends, just friends. He’s a good man. Going well. Long time – we’ve been friends for a long time. Life. We were discussing life.”

Kanye just stands there, looking odd, asking for his picture to be taken.

The pair stand for photographers in the lobby after their meeting

As Kanye left, Trump said: “Man, you take care of yourself, I'll see you soon.”

There’s a few possible things going on here. Trump is reportedly having issues booking big stars for his inauguration, and given that Kanye told an audience at his concert in San Jose, California that he would have voted for Trump if he had voted at all and called The Orange One a genius, there’s a good chance they were talking about Kanye performing.

Kanye has also told fans: “Specifically to black people, stop focusing on racism. This world is racist, ok? Let's stop being distracted. It's just a f***ing fact, we are in a racist country, period.”

His statements were met with boo’s and probably a face palm from the Kardashian’s who all publicly supported Hillary Clinton. They probably didn’t expect him to go and shake hands with the guy who has support from the KKK while on a trip to New York. But let’s take a moment for the fact Kanye said all this right before he had a nervous breakdown.

Trump and Kanye sharing a lol because they're old chums

The meeting is also a great distraction from the latest of Trump’s cabinet appointment shambles. Kanye’s visit came just before Gov. Rick Perry of Texas was announced as Trump’s pick to lead the Energy Department — the same agency that Mr. Perry said during the 2012 presidential race that he wanted to abolish.

Trump has also chosen the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, Rex W. Tillerson as his secretary of state. Another man with no political experience, another controversy, particularly as Tillerson has a chummy relationship with Russia. A relationship Trump is in choppy waters about given intelligence reports that Russia interfered with the US election.

To round up what the Trump team probably consider a triple whammy, there’s probably someone in that tower who said “Yes! Kanye! Genius! And he’ll appeal to all those African-American kids too. We’re so great. Winners! *high five*”

We have faith in the young ‘uns (if we don’t in them then there is literally no hope), and it’s insulting to think they would fall for this.

They may be watching the reality star PR train steaming through their media and enjoying it, but are they fickle enough to forget their morals? We think not.

And let’s again not forget how much PR teams love controversy as a form of distraction. Meeting Trump means people aren’t wondering if Kanye is sitting at home in a pit of depression. They’re not focusing on Trump’s questionable decisions that will impact the world. They’re focusing on two characters in an ever more bizarre play, and that press is much more palatable.  

But hey, at least we know where Kanye is getting his hair inspo.

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Emily is a freelance writer for Shortlist.com. She covers breaking news, entertainment, style and lifestyle for the site. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found eating and drinking or thinking about food and drinking. Follow Emily on Twitter: @ebadiozzaman 

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