President Donald Trump and rapper Kanye West spoke to reporters in the Oval Office Thursday afternoon before their lunch meeting.

West, who has sparked outrage from some on the left with his outspoken support for the president, riffed on a series of topics, including racism, tax breaks, education, prison reform and gun control.

“The problem is illegal guns, illegal guns is the problem. Not legal guns. We have the right to bear arms," West said when a reporter asked him about the debate over gun violence in America and gun control.


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West, a Chicago native, said he and the president will discuss ways to combat the Windy City's ongoing gun violence epidemic.

Trump described West as a "smart cookie" who "gets it," and when asked if the 21-time Grammy Award winner could be a future presidential candidate, he replied, "Could very well be."

West concluded the entertaining news conference by declaring, "I love this guy right here," and giving the president a hug.


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