Why Kanye West and President-Elect Donald Trump Met

Inside their meeting in New York City

By Ken Baker, Francesca Bacardi Dec 13, 2016 4:09 PMTags

Kanye West and President-elect Donald Trump met at Trump Tower Tuesday morning to discuss a potential role for the rapper, E! News has learned exclusively.

The "Jesus Walks" rapper met with Trump to discuss becoming an "ambassador of sorts," a source close to West tells E! News. The source adds that Trump is interested in getting West involved in an "entrepreneurial leadership role."

As for how the meeting came about, the insider tells us that Trump's team reached out to West. "Trump thinks he's a great role model when it comes to business," the insider adds.

E! News has reached out to Trump's team for comment.

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West's meeting comes nearly two weeks after being released from the hospital for exhaustion. His New York City trip also included a visit to an apartment building in the Financial District, as well as some time at a recording studio. The Life of Pablo musician arrived at Trump Tower around 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, spending only a brief amount of time with the president-elect before the two returned to the lobby to answer questions.

"Just friends, just friends, and he's a good man," Trump responded when asked about the meeting. "Doing well, long time."

Corey Gamble and Ivanka Trump were also present.

When reporters asked about potential cabinet positions, Trump only mentioned his personal relationship with the rapper. "We've been friends for a long time," Trump added. "We discussed life."

West remained quiet except for saying he wanted to take pictures.