Kanye: Trump cares about the way black people 'feel about him'

Kanye West said in an interview on Wednesday that he believes President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE cares about the way black people “feel about him.”

In an interview on radio station 107.5 WGCI in Chicago on Wednesday morning, the rap superstar addressed a question late-night host Jimmy Kimmel asked him earlier this month: “You so famously and so powerfully said ‘George Bush doesn’t care about black people.’ It makes me wonder, what makes you think that Donald Trump does?”


At the question several weeks ago, West paused for several seconds before Kimmel's show cut to commercial and his interview ended. 

This time on Wednesday, the rapper said he feels that Trump “cares about the way black people feel about him, and he would like for black people to like him like they did when he was cool in the rap songs and all this,” Variety reported.

“He will do the things that are necessary to make that happen because he’s got an ego like all the rest of us, and he wants to be the greatest president, and he knows that he can’t be the greatest president without the acceptance of the black community,” West said. “So it’s something he’s gonna work towards, but we’re gonna have to speak to him.”

West, who drew criticism earlier this year after praising Trump in a series of tweets, sharing a photo of himself donning a “Make America Great Again” hat and suggesting in an interview that slavery "sounds like a choice,” also apologized for the way he may have hurt people’s feelings for his actions.

“I have never really approached or addressed the slavery comment fully, and it’s not something for me to over-intellectualize,” West said. “This is something about the fact that it hurt people’s feelings and the way that I presented that piece of information. I could present in a way more calm way, but I was ramped up. And I apologize. That happens sometimes when people are — I’m not blaming mental health, but I’m explaining mental health." 

“I don’t know if I properly apologized for how the slavery comment made people feel,” he continued. “I’m sorry for the one-two effect of the MAGA hat into the slave comment, and I’m sorry for people that felt let down by that moment.”