Kanye: Trump has to be 'the freshest, the flyest'

Kanye: Trump has to be 'the freshest, the flyest'
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Rap star Kanye West said during a bizarre meeting in the Oval Office that President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally MORE "has to be the freshest, the flyest" as the president of the United States.

"If he don’t look good, we don’t look good," West said, addressing the gaggle of reporters surrounding the desk. "This is our president."

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"He has to be the freshest, the flyest," he added, then launched into a rant about improving American industry.

"The flyest planes, the best factories, and we have to make our core be empowered," West said. "We have to bring jobs into America, because our best export is entertainment and ideas. But when we make everything in China and not in America, then we’re cheating on our country." 

West has attracted widespread criticism and attention over his unexpected support for Trump. The Chicago rapper's discography includes lengthy meditations on the challenges of being black and poor in America, and he once famously said on live television, "[Former President] George W. Bush doesn't care about black people."

The rapper during the meeting also discussed why he frequently wears the "Make America Great Again" hat, which was popularized by Trump supporters during the 2016 presidential election.

"They tried to scare me to not wear this hat, my friends," he said. "But this hat, it gives me power in a way."

He then implied that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFive takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Five takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Trump jokes he'd get 'electric chair' if he deleted even one 'love note' email to Melania MORE's campaign slogan "I'm with her" lacked "male energy."

"My dad and my mom separated so I didn’t have a lot of male energy in my home," he said. "I love Hillary, I love everyone, right, but the campaign 'I’m with her' didn’t make me feel as a guy ... like a guy that could play catch with his son." 

"It was something about when I put this hat on, it made me feel like Superman," he said, addressing Trump. "You made a Superman cape for me also as a guy who looks up to you."

The two men embraced at the end of the meeting. Trump called him a "smart cookie."  

Trump has been criticized for stoking racial cultural wars with his comments deriding NFL players protesting racial inequality and calling black public figures unintelligent. In recent months, he has insulted the intelligence of Reps. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersHillicon Valley: Facebook unveils new cryptocurrency | Waters wants company to halt plans | Democrats look to force votes on election security | Advertisers partner with tech giants on 'digital safety' | House GOP unveils cyber agenda On The Money: Trade chief defends Trump tariffs before skeptical Congress | Kudlow denies plan to demote Fed chief | Waters asks Facebook to halt cryptocurrency project On The Money: Trade chief defends Trump tariffs before skeptical Congress | Kudlow denies plan to demote Fed chief | Waters asks Facebook to halt cryptocurrency project MORE (R-Calif.), CNN anchor Don Lemon and basketball player Lebron James, who are all black.

He points to Kanye's support as an indication that he has support among African-Americans. 

Polls consistently show that Trump's lowest approval ratings are frequently among black voters, with 93 percent of African-Americans reporting disapproval of the president in an August ABC News/Washington Post poll

"That was quite something," Trump said after West's 10-minute monologue on Thursday.