Former President Donald Trump said he “knew nothing” about white supremacist Nick Fuentes before he and rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, dined together at Mar-a-Lago.
The former president issued a statement on his Truth Social networking platform after Axios reported
that Mr. Fuentes and Ye dined with Mr. Trump at his estate in Palm Beach, Florida.
“Last week Kanye West called me for dinner at Mar-a-Lago,” he said. “Shortly afterwards he unexpectedly showed up with three of his friends, of whom I knew nothing. We had dinner on Tuesday evening with many of the members present on the back patio. The dinner was quick and uneventful. They then left for the airport.
In a second statement on Friday, Mr. Trump described the meeting in more detail, writing on Truth Social that Ye had approached him “for advice regarding some of his difficulties, particularly with regard to his business.”
The ex-president added that he encouraged the rapper not to run for president and to ask his supporters to “vote for TRUMP”, calling the conversation “awesome”.
In the statement, Mr Trump reiterated his claim that he did not know who Nick Fuentes was.
Mr. Fuentes is a noted white supremacist, anti-Semite and Holocaust denier. Additionally, Ye lost business partnerships with Balenciaga and Adidas after making a series of anti-Semitic comments.
On Thursday night, Ye posted a video on Twitter discussing his meeting with the former president at Mar-a-Lago where the rapper teased his plans to run for president in 2024.
“So Trump is really impressed with Nick Fuentes,” Ye says, saying “And Nick Fuentes, unlike so many lawyers for so many people he ended up with in his 2020 campaign, he’s actually a loyalist. .”
Ye asked why Mr Trump had not “released” any of the people who rioted on the US Capitol on January 6. He also suggested Mr Trump bring back former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
“And I came to him as someone who loves Trump, and I said, ‘Go get Cory back, go get these people that the media tried to cancel and told you to walk away,'” a he said, with images of numbers like Roger Stone and Alex Jones shown at the time. In response, Mr Trump reportedly gave a speech agreeing with Ye.
“He basically gives me this kind of story that might sound like the mob, talking about some kid from the Southside of Chicago trying to sound like a mob or whatever,” he said. Similarly, Ye explained how Mr. Trump helped break Alice Marie Johnson out of jail. Ye’s ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, has repeatedly asked Mr. Trump to do so.
“He talks about everything he went through to get Alice Johnson out of jail and how he didn’t do it for Kim, but he did it for me,” Ye said in the video. “But then he goes on to say that, ‘Kim is a ****, you can tell her I said that’ and I was like, ‘she’s the mother of my kids.'”
Ye goes on to say that Christian conservatives like him want Mr. Trump to act in accordance with the Bible.
The meeting comes after Mr. Trump announced his intention to run for the White House again in 2024, but also when many Republicans find themselves exhausted with him after many candidates he endorsed midterm in 2022 have lost their races.
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