Nepal | January 25, 2021

Kanye West met with Kushner as rapper eyes 2020 election spot

Reuters
Share Now:

WASHINGTON: Entertainer and Trump supporter Kanye West recently met with White House adviser and the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, a source familiar with the meeting said on Wednesday as the entertainer pursues his efforts to appear on the presidential ballot this November.

The New York Times, which first reported the meeting, said it took place in Colorado last weekend and also included President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, Kushner’s wife and another top White House adviser.

West appeared to confirm the meeting in a tweet late Tuesday night, saying they discussed a book on empowering Black Americans, and he offered to do a live interview with the Times.

Representatives for West could also not be immediately reached.

A rapper and clothier, West announced his last-minute presidential campaign last month, followed by a series of rambling public remarks that have raised questions about his intentions and his mental health.

West has been open about his struggle with bi-polar disorder, and his wife, Kim Kardashian has asked the public and media to grant him compassion.

West’s appearance as an independent on the ballot could possibly disrupt the race between Trump, a Republican who is seeking re-election, and former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden if he were able to garner any votes in U.S. states where the contest is close.

The Washington Post last week reported that West’s campaign has so far filed petitions to appear on the presidential election ballot in 10 U.S. states and that Republican operatives, including some with ties to Trump, were involved in efforts to support his candidacy in at least five of them, including Arkansas, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Trump on Tuesday told syndicated radio host Hugh Hewitt that he had not talked with West about the entertainer’s campaign. Representatives for Trump’s campaign could not be immediately reached but told the Post they were not involved.

West, 43, one of the biggest celebrity and most prominent Black supporters of the president, met with Trump during the 2016 presidential race and again in 2018 at the White House wearing a red “Make America Great” cap. Last month, he told Forbes that he was “taking the red hat off.”

Trump told Fox News last month that West “can’t” drop his support, adding: “He’s always going to be for us.”


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

NC, JSP-N not keen on joint struggle

NC says it’s protesting, JSP-N blames NCP of betrayal KATHMANDU, JANUARY 23 Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Madhav Kumar Nepal-led Nepal Communist Party has repeatedly asked the Nepali Congress to join hands in a joint struggle against Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s decision to dissolve the House of Read More...

Hazard ends drought, Benzema scores twice as Real rout Alaves

VITORIA-GASTEIZ: Eden Hazard scored his first goal in almost three months while Karim Benzema bagged a brace as Real Madrid eased to a 4-1 win away to Alaves in La Liga on Saturday in the absence of coach Zinedine Zidane. Zidane tested positive for COVID-19 the day before the game so a Read More...

Dead Bodies of Nepalese Migrant Workers brought to Nepal

NAC brings bodies of 18 Nepalis from Malaysia

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 23 Nepal Airlines Corporation has repatriated the bodies of 18 Nepali nationals from Malaysia. The national flag-carrier brought the bodies in its wide-body A330 aircraft. Eighteen bodies and the mortal remains of one Nepali were brought here today. NAC had brought ho Read More...

Govt urged to implement NHRC recommendations

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 23 The National Human Rights Commission has urged the Government of Nepal to implement the recommendations made by it earlier and those suggestions received from the international community in the course of Universal Periodic Review. In the wake of the 37th Session of the Un Read More...

Rajendra Mahato

Gajendra Narayan Singh’s memorial marked in Tarai districts

RAJBIRAJ, JANUARY 23 Various programmes were organised to mark the death anniversary of late Gajendra Narayan Singh in various Tarai districts today. In Rajbiraj, Saptari, Gajendra Narayan Singh Research Centre, Saptari, organised different programmes on the 19th death anniversary of Singh Read More...

KMC begins martyrs’ week celebrations

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 23 Martyrs’ Week celebrations have started from today in commemoration of all the known and unknown martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the welfare of the people and the country. The main celebration committee formed by Kathmandu Metropolitan City today formally started Read More...

Bagmati clean-up campaign

Ten tonnes waste managed from Bagmati River

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 23 About 10 metric tonnes of waste was managed from the Bagmati River today. Today is the 402nd week of the Bagmati Clean-up Mega Campaign. As part of the campaign, about 100 volunteers gathered on the Bagmati River banks near Minbhawan area and collected garbage, Govind Read More...

Covid-19 Vaccines , Nepal

Preparations under way to dispatch COVID-19 vaccine to all provinces

KATHMANDU, JANUARY 23 Preparations are under way to dispatch COVID-19 vaccine to all seven provinces. One million doses of the vaccine were received from India under grant assistance on Thursday. According to Spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Population Jageshwar Gautam, these Read More...