President-elect Donald Trump met with Kanye West at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning and the media was completely caught off guard.
When the rapper appeared at Trump Tower, reporters were first hesitant to report it was to actually meet with Trump himself. West didn’t answer curious reporters’ questions as he entered the Manhattan building and stepped into an elevator with his entourage.
Cable news networks even broke into coverage to report West entering Trump Tower. Eventually, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hick confirmed the meeting and moments later the duo were posing for photos in the lobby while president-elect said they’ve “been friends for a long time.”
Check out the reaction of the people who cover Trump on a regular basis.
JUST IN: Kanye West walks into Trump Tower https://t.co/U1ozcFdFQT
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) December 13, 2016
Today is Tuesday 12/13. It is the day that I, for work, asked Kanye West if he still wanted to run for prez in 2020. He ignored me. Okay.
— Ali Vitali (@alivitali) December 13, 2016
Trump has no time/interest for Daily Presidential Intel Briefing. But has time to meet w/Kanye West. Like I said, u can't make this crap up. https://t.co/DnuITXbV3y
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) December 13, 2016
Donald Trump: doesn't have the time to address his business conflicts.
Also Donald Trump: has time to meet with Kanye West.
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) December 13, 2016
Per pool, Kanye West just walked into Trump Tower
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) December 13, 2016
Actually presidential transition pool note: "Kanye West just arrived in Trump Tower."
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) December 13, 2016
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) December 13, 2016
Kanye is an extremely wealthy, egotistical man who's been repeatedly dissed by Obama — natural Trump supporter
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) December 13, 2016
Kanye being appointed to newly created cabinet post: Secretary of Imma Let You Finish.
— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) December 13, 2016
I miss the Old Kanye
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) December 13, 2016
Kanye and Stacey dash left their brains at that airport
— DADITO CALDERONE (@TAXSTONE) December 13, 2016
TRUMP: So what would your plan be to fight ISIS?
KANYE: Nothing in life is promised except death.
TRUMP: [Picks up phone.] Get me Mad Dog.
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) December 13, 2016
“You take care of yourself, I’ll see you soon,” Trump was heard telling West in front of reporters and photographers. TMZ reported West requested a 15-minute meeting with Trump but the media is busy scrambling to figure out why.
“We’ve been friends for a long time,” Trump said. “We discussed life.”
Trump has reportedly had troubled finding big-name acts to perform at his inauguration, so perhaps he will try to persuade Kanye to headline the gig.
West was recently hospitalization for exhaustion and sleep deprivation. The Grammy winner and husband of Kim Kardashian was admitted to a hospital under his own will last month after abruptly canceling the remaining dates of his Saint Pablo tour.