A C-SPAN camera captured the rapper entering the Manhattan building and getting on an elevator. A spokesperson for president-elect Trump, Hope Hicks, confirmed the meeting with Business Insider politics editor Oliver Darcy, though no details were given about what West and Trump were discussing.
Hicks did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
West and Trump later returned to the Trump Tower lobby together. “He’s a good man,” the president-elect said of the rapper. “We’ve been friends for a long time.” When asked what they spoke about, Trump said, “Life.” West, in turn, did not answer questions about his joking 2020 presidential run or if he would perform at the inauguration. “I just wanted to take a picture right now,” he said.
This marks West’s second public appearance since he was discharged from the hospital in late November after being admitted for exhaustion. According to reports, West was experiencing nightmares and sleepless nights in the weeks leading up to his hospitalization. Not only was the rapper in the midst of his Saint Pablo tour, but he was reportedly still shaken by the experience of learning that robbers had tied up his wife, Kim Kardashian West, in a Paris Hotel in October.
Prior to his hospitalization, West canceled the remainder of his Saint Pablo tour following several strange concerts. Notably, during a show in San Jose, he unleashed a 25-minute political screed where he said that if he’d voted in the 2016 election, he “would’ve voted for Trump.”