Published 12:47 PM EDT Oct 11, 2018
Kanye West is headed to the White House.
The rapper, who has become one of Trump's highest-profile celebrity supporters, is set to visit the president at the White House for a planned meeting Thursday afternoon. West is set to dine on roasted chicken and fingerling potatoes over lunch with Trump, Jared Kushner and Ivanka, fellow musician Kid Rock and Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown.
Kid Rock, another celebrity Trump booster, watched the president sign the landmark Music Modernization Act, which guarantees increased and faster royalty payments for performers, songwriters and producers.
The Detroit musician arrived around 11 a.m. and later posed for photos with White House advisor Kellyanne Conway in front of the West Wing Colonnade.
After the signing ceremony, he said, "Everybody knows that this music of business is a pretty dirty business … But this is a great start to protect songwriters, producers, engineers – the unsung heroes behind many of these songs that go out there."
Turning to Trump, he added “There's a whole lot of people in this country that do give you a lot of credit for everything you’ve been doing for this country. We know that some people don’t give you as much as maybe they should sometimes."
This isn't the first high-profile meeting between Trump and either musician. Kid Rock visited the Oval Office in April 2017 and West famously traveled to Trump Tower in December 2016, where he discussed "multicultural issues" with the then-president-elect and posed for photos in the building's lobby.
The White House confirmed that West would be meeting with the president, with White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders saying that their conversation topics would include "manufacturing resurgence in America, prison reform, how to prevent gang violence, and what can be done to reduce violence in Chicago.”
West's wife Kim Kardashian has also visited Trump in the White House several times, first meeting with Trump to champion the case of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother who spent more than two decades in prison on drug charges. After Trump granted Johnson clemency, Kardashian traveled to the White House again for a meeting about prison reform.
West's visit comes after he deleted his social media accounts following his appearance on "Saturday Night Live," where he donned his "Make America Great Again" hat to deliver an impromptu speech praising Trump and criticizing Democrats.
West noted that white people ask him, ‘'How could you like Trump, he’s racist’? Well, uh, if I was concerned about racism, I would’ve moved out of America a long time ago.”
Contributing: John Fritze, USA TODAY
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