Kushner says he met with Kanye West for 'general discussion' about policy

White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerAbraham Accords: New hope for peace in Middle East Tenants in Kushner building file lawsuit alleging dangerous living conditions Trump hosts Israel, UAE, Bahrain for historic signing MORE confirmed Thursday that he met with Kanye WestKanye Omari WestJuan Williams: Democrats need to bury their divisions Court keeps Kanye West off Virginia ballot Twitter removes Kanye West tweet suggesting followers harass journalist MORE amid the rapper's presidential campaign.

Kushner, who is also President TrumpDonald John TrumpOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Pelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate MORE's son-in-law," said the two "had a general discussion more about policy" but would not elaborate on what specifically they discussed. 

Efforts to get West on the ballot in some states have been tied to GOP operatives, prompting speculation that his nascent candidacy, announced just last month, may be an effort to hurt presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE.


"Kanye’s been a friend of mine for — I’ve known him for about 10 years," Kushner said during a White House press briefing. "We both happened to be in Colorado, and we got together and we had a great discussion about a lot of things."

"He has some great ideas for what he’d like to see happen in the country and that’s why he has the candidacy that he’s been doing," Kushner added. "But again there’s a lot of issues that the president has championed that he admires."

West was a vocal supporter of Trump and met with him in the Oval Office in 2018.

He has held one campaign event since launching his bid on July 4 and has failed to get on the ballot in most states, making it unclear how serious the effort is.

In an interview published on Friday, a reporter for Forbes magazine pointed out to West that he will not be on the ballot in enough states to secure the 270 Electoral College votes necessary to win.

"I’m not going to argue with you. Jesus is King," West replied. 


Pressed on the possibility that he might take votes from Biden, he responded, "I’m not denying it."

West garnered 2 percent support in a Politico-Morning Consult national poll released Wednesday, including just 2 percent of the Black vote and 4 percent of the Hispanic vote. 

Trump has praised West in recent weeks but denied any connection to his presidential ambitions when questioned by reporters last week.

"I like him. He's always been very nice to me," the president said last week. "I get along with him very well. I like him. I like his wife."