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Rapper Kanye West delivered an unfiltered, rambling 10-minute speech in his first Oval Office visit at the White House on Thursday.
The meeting was supposed to center on prison reform. However, West, wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, touched on several topics, including his bipolar disorder, abolishing the 13th Amendment, the economy, Chicago’s gun violence and jobs. He was seated alongside former NFL star Jim Brown, who had also come to the White House to talk about prison reform.
Here are a few of West’s quotes from his Oval Office meeting:
- On voting for Trump: “My dad and my mom separated so there was not a lot of male energy in my home and also I’m married to a family where, you know, there’s not a lot of male energy. It’s beautiful though.”
- On Trump’s support from African-Americans: “Blacks really get caught up in the idea of racism over the idea of industry.”
- On racism: “Racism can’t control me.”
- On his mental health: “I wasn’t bipolar, I had sleep deprivation that could cause dementia.”
- On his speech: “You are tasting a fine wine that has multiple notes to it.”
- On Trump wanting to implement stop-and-frisk in Chicago: “Well, I feel stop-and-frisk does not help the relationship with people in the city.”
- On bringing jobs and tax breaks to Chicago: “We’re going to need to get a few breaks to be able to have some places in my hometown of Chicago … where we can create some factories. I think it would be cool for them be Trump factories because he’s a master of industry, he’s a master builder. I think it would be cool to have Yeezy ideation centers.”
- When asked about Chicago’s gun violence: “The problem is the legal guns. Legal guns is [sic] the problem.”
- When asked about a possible presidential run: “Let’s stop worrying about the future, all we really have is today.”
- On Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan: “Another thing is black people have a problem with the word again … because time is a myth.”
- On being in the Oval Office: “Oh, it is good energy in this.”
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Press secretary Sarah Sanders is leaving the White House
WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Sarah Sanders is leaving her post at the end of June, President Donald Trump said Thursday.
“After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas,” Trump tweeted, including the time Sanders worked on his campaign in addition to her service during his first two-plus years in office.
“She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas — she would be fantastic. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!”
At a White House event minutes later, Sanders said she would “try not to get emotional, because I know crying can make us look weak sometimes.”
“[Trump] has accomplished so much in these two-and-a-half years, and it has truly been something I will treasure forever … ” she said, her voice cracking. “I have loved every minute, including the hard minutes.”
Sanders’ tenure at the White House was marked by contentious public confrontations with the media over the president’s agenda and her own misstatements, as well as a diminishing number of official briefings for the press. She has not briefed the media for 94 days — since March 11 — more than double the previous longest dry stint of the Trump administration.
In May 2017, she told reporters that “countless” FBI officials had told her that they had lost confidence in then-FBI Director Jim Comey — a comment that suggested the president had good reason to fire him other than the Russia investigation. Special counsel Robert Mueller later reported that Sanders acknowledged she had no evidence for the claim.
It was one of many occasions on which journalists questioned the credibility of Sanders’ assertions from the White House podium.
But Sanders could also act as a ready and reliable conduit for information behind the scenes with some of the same outlets she clashed with in front of television cameras.
A daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sanders, 36, became a surrogate for Trump on television during his 2016 campaign for the presidency and joined his White House team in January 2017 as a deputy assistant to the president and deputy press secretary. She was promoted into the press secretary role in July 2017, succeeding Sean Spicer.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, was re-elected in 2018 and cannot seek re-election in 2022. Sanders has not announced any plans to seek office.
Lauren Egan contributed.
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