— CNN (@CNN) December 13, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West met at Trump Tower on Tuesday, Dec. 13, prompting critics to wonder why he has time to meet with the rapper when there are so many other, more important issues he should be addressing.
In one of his first appearances since being released Nov. 30 from the hospital for mental exhaustion and emotional distress, West went to Trump Tower in New York to discuss life with Trump, the president-elect told reporters who’d gathered outside. West stared somewhat blankly ahead and didn’t respond to any questions he was asked, though he did eventually tell one reporter that he’d “just wanted to take a picture right now” with The Donald.
Twitter reacted pretty much as one would expect.
Donald Trump and Kanye West meeting means that there is some horrific news coming today that it is supposed to distract us from.
— Luvvie is writing book 2 (@Luvvie) 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-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) December 13, 2016
Kanye West can meet with Trump but not students that tried to save the university where his mother chaired the English Dept? That part.
— Charles Preston (@_CharlesPreston) December 13, 2016
Kanye West should eat a Snickers®. He's not himself right now.
— NUFF (@nuffsaidny) December 13, 2016
“The View” co-host Sunny Hostin tried to see a sliver lining in the West and Trump’s impromptu meeting.
“We know that Trump has had terrible outreach to the African-American community,” she says in the clip below. “And we know … whether you love him or hate him, it could be a symbolic gesture.”